March 15, 2012 |
The Lakers can forget about trying to get Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The Lakers won't get him before Thursday's trade deadline at noon PDT. Nor will they get him during the free agency signing period in July. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard first reported that Howard has waived his early termination option and will stay with the Magic through the 2012-13 season. That has an instant trickle effect on the Lakers' front-office dealings. One, it's safe to say Lakers center Andrew Bynum will remain a Laker.
July 19, 2012 |
So, has Dwight Howard finally made up his mind? RealGM.com reported that Howard has signaled he would be prepared to sign a long-term extension after the 2012-13 season should the Orlando Magic trade him to the Lakers. But don't make a rush order for a "Howard" Lakers jersey. Don't start expressing giddiness over Howard pairing up with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Don't make plans to take off work next year so you can attend the Lakers' championship parade. All of those things might happen.
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?
August 27, 2012 |
With the starting lineup the Lakers have accumulated, it's a hard task to dissect any significant weaknesses. Long ago the lightning rod for criticism, the Lakers' point guard spot suddenly becomes dangerous with Steve Nash directing the offense. Kobe Bryant's prolific scoring will become more efficient now that he'll relieve ball handling duties. Dwight Howard remains the league's top center both in scoring on the low block and denying looks inside. He has a trusty sidekick in Pau Gasol to facilitate and complement his post presence.
September 26, 2012 |
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)
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.
November 20, 2012 |
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.