Dwight Howard is primed to make his regular-season debut for the Lakers on Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks in the team's season opener.
Howard admitted that he's still shaking off the rust but is looking forward to the "popcorn and the lights."
"I just want to get out on the court and play, get accustomed to playing games again. It's a little bit different in the preseason," Howard said. "I'm pretty sure teams are going to do their best to go at me on both ends on the floor."
Howard played in just two exhibition games, averaging 14 points, 10 boards and three blocks.
He's confident in his back after surgery kept him sidelined for nearly six months.
"I'm not worried about my back. I think my back is strong enough, but it's not about strength at this point. It's more about endurance, how long the muscles in my back last without getting fatigued," Howard said. "That's the area that we're working hard in the weight room to overcome, fatigue."
Coach Mike Brown said, as far as he knows, Howard can participate in back-to-back games. If he can find opportunities to give his All-Star center extra rest, be it skipping practice or sitting the fourth game in five nights, he'll consider it.