Mike Brown says he hasn't the slightest idea when Dwight Howard will play in a game, appear in full five-on-five contact drills or fully recover from back surgery.
But the Lakers center performed a few moves in Friday's practice that left Brown fairly excited -- and basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs a bit wounded.
"Kyle took two forearm shivers to the throat," Brown said after Friday morning's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "That knocked him on his behind twice in a row. Dwight is a charismatic guy. He's a fun-loving guy. But when he needs to get nasty, he's going to get nasty."
So is Triggs holding up OK?
"Kyle is," Brown said. "I told Dwight, 'It's OK, you can do that because the Lakers thanks to Dr. Buss, they provide great dental coverage and medical coverage. Kyle's fine. He's tough, anyway. He's from West Virginia.'"