Other famous Laker first steps through the years....
There was, of course, a seismic event long before Dwight Howard arrived, a time so long ago that the Lakers were still playing at the Forum.
That would be Shaquille O'Neal's first game in Los Angeles.
Oct. 18, 1996.
Incredibly, he hit his first two free throws in that exhibition game.
Wrote Times columnist Bill Plaschke:
"For those who want to save themselves this trip in the future, here is how O'Neal looks in a Laker uniform:
"Like a school bus.
"But that rare school bus with a sense of humor.''
The achieves reveal the fine points, the details lost over the years to fading memories. Then again, it’s highly likely Kobe Bryant remembers every last thing about his first regular-season game as a Laker, against Minnesota on Nov. 3, 1996, also at the Forum.