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By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) - Dwight Howard says he is happy again.
The star center has put his lone disappointing and drama-filled season in Los Angeles behind him. He says he is ecstatic about joining the Houston Rockets and helping the young team compete for a championship.
Howard says: ''I'm in a better place mentally, physically and spiritually now.''
His delight is evident in watching him interact with his new teammates. He wears a broad smile fits of laughter are common as he chats with his fellow Rockets.
Howard spurned the Lakers to sign an $88 million deal with Houston, joining James Harden and a team that made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.

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