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July 30, 2012 | By Mark Medina
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.
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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 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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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 1, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Dwight Howard wore a Lakers uniform for the first time as the team held media day Monday at its practice facility in El Segundo. When Howard will wear that uniform in an actual game is another question. The center maintained he doesn't have any updated timetable on when his surgically repaired back will be sufficiently rehabilitated for him to return to the court. "I don't," Howard said. "I just want to be 100% for the season. I don't want to have any setbacks where I play a couple of games and then I have to sit down.
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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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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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March 13, 2012 | By John Cherwa
Desperation or gamesmanship? As the clock ticks to within two days of the NBA trade deadline, the latest rumor out of Orlando has the Magic offering Dwight Howard the chance to decide the fate of the team's coach and GM. According to an ESPN Insider -- aren't they all? -- Magic CEO Alex Martins has told Howard that the team will add a quality player in the next two days and allow him to decide the fate of GM Otis Smith and Coach Stan Van Gundy if Howard signs an extension. It's in stark contrast to the situation between the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning, where the team was calling all the shots.
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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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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 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 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 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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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 26, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The possibilities leave the Lakers giddy. The options will make defenses feel helpless. It will give Lakers Coach Mike Brown a good problem to have in managing such high talent. The Lakers' starting lineup really needs no introduction. They have an elite scorer (Kobe Bryant), an elite passer (Steve Nash), an elite frontcourt (Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol) and an elite defender (Metta World Peace). Three of them have already won NBA championships (Bryant, Gasol, World Peace). Two of them have won league MVP awards (Bryant, Nash)
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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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