Dwight Howard is back for his second go-around with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he insists he is a different person now than he was seven years ago when he began his first disastrous stint with the club.

During his introductory press conference on Wednesday, Howard had this to say:

“I’ve had some time to really reflect,” said Howard, per Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints. “This summer was very important for me. … Become one with myself.”

We have heard this type of thing before from Howard, so whether or not he is sincere remains to be seen. But it’s fair to note that this could very well be Howard’s last chance in the NBA, and he has to know that.

For that reason, there is a very good chance that Dwight finally understands he needs to change in order to have success in the NBA for the future.