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The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Magic in Orlando on Sunday and it’ll be the first time superstar center Dwight Howard will play against his former team since being traded.  See what he had to say about it after the jump.

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Howard was asked what it’ll be like to play the Orlando Magic; a Los Angeles-area television reporter prefaces the question by saying it’ll probably would feel weird for Howard.

“Well, you know, it’s going to be a little weird playing against my former team,” Howard answered. “But we need a good win and [to] come out with a lot of energy. So I’m going to put all my effort into getting ready for the next game and playing with a lot of intensity and just having fun.”

Howard’s trade request, coupled with his subsequent stay-or-go saga, strained his friendships with some players on the Magic roster.

Only five players remain from last year’s Magic team: Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Glen Davis, Hedo Turkoglu and Ish Smith.

The reporter followed up by asking Howard whether he’s still friends with any players on the Magic roster, or whether, once the season starts, Howard puts all that on hold.

“Well, you know,” Howard said, pausing, “I put it on hold.”

The Orlando Magic are currently 5-10 while the Lakers are 8-8.

Orlando Sentinel