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.
January 13, 2013 |
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.
September 24, 2012 |
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?
September 27, 2012 |
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.
December 7, 2012 |
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.
November 22, 2012 |
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.