An entirely different team now, the Los Angeles Lakers have begun training camp en route to preparing for the upcoming 2012-13 NBA season. With newly acquired center Dwight Howard and point guard Steve Nash, shooting guard Kobe Bryant is looking to earn another ring for his admirable collection. The Lakers, according to many experts, are expected to be one of the favorites to win the NBA Finals.

Bryant, as always, brings a strong work ethic, leadership and hungry demeanor. With the addition of Howard and Nash, the Lakers are both stronger on offense and defense. Also, Pau Gasol is projected to shine even more with Nash running the offense. Defensively, Howard's experience and abilities in protecting the paint could prove essential for L.A. to compete for the championship. Metta World Peace, according to himself, is ready to take on the task of being a top defender and scorer when needed.

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