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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 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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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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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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November 20, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Returning from back surgery, Dwight Howard admitted recently that he's still not quite himself. Howard is typically the league leader in rebounding.  So far this season he's fifth overall at 11.4 boards per game. Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies is first at 13.8 followed by Anderson Varejao (13.1), Omer Asik (12.3) and Al Jefferson (12.3). Over the course of his career, Howard has a 13 rebounding per game average.  Before his injury last year with the Orlando Magic, Howard collected a career high 14.5.
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January 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers center Dwight Howard has been cleared to play on Sunday night against the Cavaliers. Howard has been battling with a shoulder injury since Jan. 4, after colliding with Clippers forward Caron Butler. The Lakers big man tried to play through pain but aggravated it the following Sunday against the Denver Nuggets. The injury was reported as a torn labrum by the Lakers. Howard later corrected the report, saying the labrum was just pulled away from the bone, not torn. Howard missed three games this week, all losses.
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October 25, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard told Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN New York radio that the Brooklyn Nets were indeed his first choice this off-season, according to Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com . "I did want to go to Brooklyn. That's a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go," Howard said. This isn't necessarily a startling revelation since Howard's intentions were well-known throughout the process, but Howard confirmed any doubt Thursday with that interview.
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March 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Dwight Howard had an acrimonious departure from the Orlando Magic. Naturally, with his debut as a visitor in Orlando nearing (March 12), shots are already being fired across the country. "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted," said Howard in a video interview with CBS2/KCAL9 . "I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face. " Howard and the Magic advanced to the NBA Finals in 2009, losing to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Former teammate and current Magic point guard Jameer Nelson took exception to Howard's characterization.
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