Dwight Howard jokingly lives by the mantra, "If you want a three, give to me."

Lakers fans remember how Andrew Bynum's attempt to do that last season sparked former Lakers coach Mike Brown to bench him.

But Howard sounds serious on expanding his mid-range game.

He spent part of Monday'smorning shootaround shooting jumpers with Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person.

"I'm trying to do anything to help our team instead of just worrying about me getting down low in the paint," Howard said. "I'll step out and hit a couple of jump shots."

The Lakers hope so.

"If he's going to dominate the league you can't play within a 4-foot box," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's getting more confidence. That will help him on his foul shooting and overall game."

Person said Howard takes 50 mid-range jumpers on game days, including bank shots from each side, at the top of the key and along the elbows.

On practice days, Howard increases the shot total to 250. Howard also altered his extension so his release has more arc.

"Although he's big, strong and explosive, you don't have to overpower everybody on every trip to get a shot," Person said. "Sometimes you can catch it. If you're open, shoot it."

That hasn't happened often.