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)
August 7, 2012 |
The debate extends from every Lakers fan, notable ex-Lakers and probably even the front office. Should the Lakers value Dwight Howard over Andrew Bynum, or vice versa? Clearly, the Lakers want Howard or else they wouldn't have discussions with the Magic over its disgruntled center. But there are plenty of questions to complicate those talks. In no particular order, they include: Would Bynum sign a long-term extension with Orlando? Would Howard do the same with the Lakers? Which other players would the Magic receive in return for its franchise player?
October 1, 2012 |
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.
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.
September 21, 2012 |
The same deal brought both Dwight Howard and Chris Duhon from the Orlando Magic to the Lakers, yet their arrivals nearly juxtaposed each other. The Lakers immediately held an introductory news conference for Howard. Duhon didn't have one. The Magic fans feel betrayed by Howard's mixed messages the last year on his playing future. Hardly anyone said anything about Duhon. The Lakers believe Howard's the final piece they need to win a championship and their next franchise player. Duhon's just hoping he can share some minutes with Steve Blake at backup point guard.
September 17, 2012 |
Before Dwight Howard can rebuild his reputation, he first has to fully rebuild his back. The public will probably give him only this season to finally win his first NBA championship in his first season with the Lakers. He's joining a star-studded lineup in Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace. The Lakers consider Larry O'Brien trophies as the sole gold standard in measuring success. And with everyone outside of Los Angeles upset at how Howard handled his departure from the Orlando Magic, such failure to win a ring would only exacerbate the criticism and spark uncertainty as to whether Howard will stay with the Purple & Gold beyond this season.
August 17, 2012 |
This is the first post in a series focusing on five things each Lakers player must do to have a successful 2012-13 season. 1. Howard needs to have a healthy back. At his introductory press conference, Howard provided no assurances that he could play in the Lakers' season opener Oct. 30 against the Dallas Mavericks. In fact, Howard admitted he doesn't have a timetable for his return at all. It's possible that such rehab would keep him out for the first month of the season. Though that may provide cold water toward all the excitement surrounding his arrival, the Lakers aren't concerned since his strong health history suggests he'll be fine once he fully recovers.
October 5, 2012 |
Mike Brown says he hasn't the slightest idea when Dwight Howard will play in a game, appear in full five-on-five contact drills or fully recover from back surgery. But the Lakers center performed a few moves in Friday's practice that left Brown fairly excited -- and basketball operations assistant Kyle Triggs a bit wounded. "Kyle took two forearm shivers to the throat," Brown said after Friday morning's practice at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "That knocked him on his behind twice in a row. Dwight is a charismatic guy. He's a fun-loving guy. But when he needs to get nasty, he's going to get nasty.
July 25, 2012 |
The Lakers have provided plenty of reasons for Ice Cube to rap his famed classic "It Was a Good Day. " The Lakers have acquired veteran elite point guard Steve Nash. They haven't broken up their core roster. And they upgraded their bench by acquiring Antawn Jamison and keeping Jordan Hill. Still, the actor-rapper and Lakers fan appeared on ESPN's "First Take" filled with reservations about the Purple & Gold. Cube told it like it was just as he did on NWA's albums. "I feel great about the perimeter," Ice Cube said.