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September 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In a little over a minute, the general public caught a glimpse seeing Dwight Howard perform exercises he's stayed away from for months. In a workout on Wednesday at the Lakers ' practice facility in El Segundo, Lakers.com's Mike Trudell presents in the video above how Howard went through various post moves with assistant coaches Darvin Ham and Chuck Person. What that means regarding his rehab efforts after having back surgery in April? Well, the Lakers have offered no timetable on his return, other than crossing him off for the preseason opener Oct. 7 against Golden State (sorry Fresno fans)
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April 7, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
vs. Houston Where: Staples Center. When: 7:30. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes, TNT; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 25-52, Rockets 51-25. Update: Houston's Dwight Howard has missed the last five games because of a strained left ankle but has reported improvement and is listed as day to day. The Rockets have gone 2-3 during Howard's absence and hold a two-game advantage over Portland for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
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September 25, 2012 | By Mark Medina
When it came down to evaluating whether the Lakers would trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard, the Lakers front office held a fairly simple criteria on why they pulled the trigger. "We got the best," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said at the time. Yet, if you're to listen to Sixers small forward Dorell Wright talk about the new Sixers center, perhaps the Lakers should've pulled a mulligan and remained status quo. "He's going to need two defenders to stop him; I would say he's the best big man in the NBA right now, hands down," Wright told the Phiadelphia Inquirer's John Mitchell . "He's a guy that can give you baskets with his back to the basket; a guy who makes free throws at 7-feet.
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February 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Mr. Smiley Face came to town, providing DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers a chance to do their usual thing against the Houston Rockets. Have a nice day. Dwight Howard actually didn't look happy for most of the Rockets' 101-93 loss Wednesday night at Staples Center, perhaps mindful that he was not the best defensive player on the floor. That title went to Jordan, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound block of granite with an equally massive accelerator. He was citius , altius , fortius without needing a passport to Sochi.
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October 15, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Just as practice ended, the Lakers' frontline in Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol performed a move that usually leaves defenders off balance. But this time, it involved a sea full of reporters. Gasol entered the media scrum, while Howard hoped to sneak into the trainer's room. But to no avail. It's understandable considering Howard knows the question before the media asks. Has Howard rehabbed his surgically repaired back enough to play in a exhibition season game? Because he hasn't, Howard won't appear in Tuesday's game as the Lakers host the Utah Jazz at Anaheim's Honda Center.
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October 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
For the second consecutive day, Lakers center Dwight Howard showed flashes of his old self. He ran up and down the court. Howard worked on post moves in the offense. During the portion of Wednesday's morning practice open to the media, Howard even dunked. But that doesn't mean he's ready to make the next step as he rehabs from back surgery. The Lakers have a two-hour practice scheduled Wednesday evening, including a live five-on-five scrimmage. Howard isn't expected to participate in that drill, which Lakers Coach Mike Brown said will mostly emphasize defensive concepts.
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January 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
It was back to the fun times of seasons past, when the only tension in the building centered on the Lakers' winning two free tacos for each fan at Staples Center. Even then, it wasn't much of a question Sunday. The Lakers, with Dwight Howard back in the lineup, easily handled the Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-93, at Staples Center. Their six-game losing streak was punted and they were no longer the only team without a victory in 2013, allowing their fans to momentarily forget all that went wrong so far. Not that there was any celebrating.
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September 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In exactly one week, all the waiting will end. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard will wear the Lakers uniform for the first time. So, too will key reserve pickups in Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks. Kobe Bryant will enter a season happy about the Lakers' front office moves. Pau Gasol won't have to wonder if the Lakers will trade him. The Lakers won't have to fret about Metta World Peace being out of shape. As you can tell, there's plenty of storylines to dive into as the Lakers launch Media Day on Oct. 1 and begin training camp the next day. Will the Lakers' star-studded lineup prove enough against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat?
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September 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Little by little, there are hints that Dwight Howard's surgically repaired back is healing. The latest: Howard appeared on "Ellen" and performed the "Gangnam Style" dance for 45 seconds. If he can look that smooth and mobile on the dance floor, imagine how he'll look on the basketball court. Still, Howard looked out of breath after the dance, suggesting his conditioning could improve. Or perhaps he was just overwhelmed by the moment. After all, Howard revealed on the show that he's had a crush on Ellen DeGeneres ever since hearing her "sexy" voice as Dory in "Finding Nemo.
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November 12, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard is looking forward to the arrival of Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, after days of speculation that the team would hire Phil Jackson. "I really didn't know what was going to happen, besides what I heard at the game, 'We want Phil,'" said Howard, echoing the chants from the fans at Staples Center. Howard, who had a contentious relationship with former Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy has tried to stay politically correct through the Lakers' journey from Mike Brown to interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff and now to D'Antoni.
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February 19, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
It was a good night for Lakers fans. Lots of venting. Dwight Howard was in town. He hadn't been back here for a game against the Lakers since he sinned against the 11th Commandment. Thou Shalt Not Leave the Lakers. He not only left, but says now that it was the right thing for him to do, that it just didn't work here. Maybe he meant that he and Kobe didn't work here. Who knows? He is a member of the Houston Rockets, who came to town with a 36-17 record. The Dwight-less Lakers entered the game an almost mirror-opposite 18-35.
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February 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard will make his first appearance on the Lakers' home floor in a Houston uniform Wednesday night, when the Rockets visit Staples Center. "I think he's not going to expect a great [reception], I think that's fair to say," said Lakers center/forward Pau Gasol after practice Tuesday. Howard spent an uncomfortable season in Los Angeles last year, following a summer trade to the Lakers from the Orlando Magic. After a slow start, the Lakers' finished 45-37 but were swept out of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.  Kobe Bryant (Achilles)
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February 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard made his return to Staples Center on Wednesday night for the first time since leaving the Lakers as a free agent over the summer to join the Houston Rockets. His new team completely destroyed the Lakers on Wednesday night, 134-108. Howard, playing to a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball, finished with a double-double: 20 points and 13 rebounds. All-Star guard James Harden led all scorers with 29 points. He also dished 11 assists and committed only one turnover.
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February 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Give credit to Lakers fans. At least their vocal cords still work. They've had numbingly little to cheer this season, so they turned their frustration into anger at Dwight Howard in his first road game against his former team. He was booed when he took the floor for a workout an hour before tipoff. He was booed much more loudly during Wednesday's pregame introductions at Staples Center. And whenever he touched the ball. But it was obvious who would get the last chuckle long before the game ended.
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February 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
HOUSTON AT LAKERS: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. TV: ESPN. Dwight Howard might be able to hear the boos as soon as the Rockets' charter flight enters Los Angeles airspace. He was last seen as a Laker inside Staples Center walking into a tunnel after his ejection from a season-ending playoff loss to San Antonio. Howard continued to turn his back on the Lakers when he signed a four-year contract with Houston, becoming the most high-profile free agent to spurn the franchise. He then pretended to be asleep earlier this season when asked about the Lakers.
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January 8, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Houston Rockets (23-13) dominated the second half against the Lakers (14-22), coasting to a 113-99 win on Wednesday night. Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, the Lakers dropped their ninth game over their last 11 tries. Houston's James Harden led all scorers with 38 points, blowing the game open in the third quarter after the Rockets trailed for most of the first half. Both Dwight Howard (20 points and 13 rebounds) and Terrence Jones (15 and 13) notched double-doubles.
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December 7, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers center Dwight Howard shows off his silly side in a new Foot Locker/Adidas advertisement as an off-the-court "Ghost Hunter. " Along with Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Howard is the NBA face of Adidas. What's puzzling is why Robert Sacre wasn't available to play his teammate and who exactly are the other "Lakers" on the floor? More importantly, can any of them play point guard? YouTube offers a glimpse behind the scenes as Howard shoots the video with the pseudo-Lakers.
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November 22, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
With a tip of the hat to Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie , a petition has surfaced at Change.org pleading with Lakers center Dwight Howard to lose his headband. Howard spent eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, who had a no-headband policy. Now that he's with the Lakers, Howard has been taking advantage of his newfound freedom. The petition, initiated by Henry Erickson, has a simple explanation, "It looks ridiculous. " The message on the petition, addressed to Dwight Howard is brief, "Take off the headband.
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January 8, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
HOUSTON - The Lakers didn't look like themselves for 21/2 quarters, not necessarily a bad thing right now. They hung with the Houston Rockets, even led by 11 points, until reality checked into the game on James Harden's alley-oop lob to Dwight Howard for a dunk. Yep, him again. Howard and the Rockets rallied to beat the Lakers, 113-99, Wednesday at Toyota Center. Lakers fans won't want to hear it, but Howard wasn't having any of the "What if?" talk, pretending to fall asleep when asked about his former team.
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