July 30, 2012 |
It may be the dog days of the NBA offseason, but there's still plenty of things to monitor. First of all, Laker fans can still get their hoops fix by watching the 2012 London Olympics. Among the notable subplots: Kobe Bryant has played an elder statesman role with Team USA where he's providing leadership, deferring teammates and playing defense. Pau Gasol remains Spain's No. 1 option, became the country's flag bearer and hopes he can rectify his native country's gold-medal match loss to Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
September 27, 2012 |
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)
September 25, 2012 |
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.
October 15, 2012 |
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.
August 11, 2012 |
With a gleam in his eye, Dwight Howard looked down on the Lakers jersey that General Manager Mitch Kupchak held in his hand. It had No. 12. The gold cloth looked freshly stitched. Emblazoned on the back of the jersey was Howard's name. It provided symbolic reference to what Howard repeatedly called a "fresh start" during a 30-minute news conference Friday at the Lakers ' practice facility in El Segundo. This came only a day after the Lakers struck an agreement to acquire Howard from the Orlando Magic in a four-team, 12-player deal that included shipping off Andrew Bynum, Josh McRoberts , Christian Eyenga and two future draft picks.
October 3, 2012 |
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.