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It’s official: Dwight Howard making Lakers debut Sunday vs. Kings

Oct 21, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard poses for photos during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles Reuters

Dwight Howard is ready to go.

Multiple reports out of Staples Center confirm rumors from this week that Dwight Howard will make his debut for the Lakers on Sunday night as they take on the Sacramento Kings. His recovery from back surgery has gotten to the point he can play in a game.

What this really means for the Lakers? That Howard will be ready to go opening night. When the games start to matter, they will have their full team.

It means the Lakers starting five — Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Howard — can start to get some needed game work in together. These are five veteran, high-IQ players who should be able to mesh well but chemistry still takes time playing together and they are just now starting to get some. Plus, Howard will have some rust to shake off.

On top of that, Lakers coach Mike Brown can start to put together rotations for the bench closer to what he will use in the regular season, and he can start to see what works. Well, he could, who knows what Brown will do with his bench, it’s been like a U8 soccer game where everybody gets to play an equal amount so far this preseason. We’ll see if that changes.

But it will be interesting to start to see what the Lakers offense looks like with Howard in the mix.

  1. lakerluver - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Of course he is. Go L A K E R S!!

  2. p1nch3dloaf - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Ohhh…that reminds me, Walking Dead is on tonight.

    • tsi431 - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      It reminds me as well. A new Superman reboot is coming out soon. It can’t be any worse then the previous one.

  3. BigBeachBall - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    In the opening intros, the five starters get announced in order from least to greatest…

    Howard and nash got to feel strange being called 2nd or 3rd….

  4. lakerluver - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Damn, that starting 5 of the L A K E R S looks beautiful! Howard’s going up and down the court like he did as an 18 yr old rookie.

    • BigBeachBall - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      This is a devastating lineup… cousins will foul out by halftime….

  5. lakerluver - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Holy paulhargis53IQ (crap), Dwight’s even making free throws!! What is this L A K E R S team going to look like in June??!!!!

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    This lineup will look nothing like this come June. At least 2/5 of it will be out with injuries.

    Leave it to you lakerslurper to get a 1/2 pack of rolaids in your shorts over a PRESEASON game.


  7. ndirishfan1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    If Miami can win a title with their bench, the Lakers can do so with theirs.

  8. lakeshowbro - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Better keep hoping for those injuries paul, thats the only chance you’ve got to keep that banner from going up.

  9. lakerluver - Oct 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Holy ph53 (crap), D12 has 8 pts and 5 rebounds in 13 mins!! Looking good!! The L A K E R S are going to be scary good!!

  10. norvturnersneck - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Too bad you can’t watch it. BS new channel isn’t on DirecTV yet.

  11. magicbucs - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    You’re playing the kings in a pre-season game. STFU! Lakerleghumperluvr

  12. rickyspanish - Oct 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I can’t wait for a Heat vs Lakers game. This is going to be a great season.

  13. rocirius - Oct 22, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Even though it is pre-season, I think games like this will be the rule rather than the exception. That bench is weak.

  14. thelakeshow562 - Oct 22, 2012 at 3:46 AM


  15. paulhargis53 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    lakeshow. Go back to school. You are ignorant.

  16. florida727 - Oct 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    I’ve never been a huge Howard fan. Not a hater, just not a fan. I always viewed him as a physical beast (obviously), but an incomplete talent. Horrible free throw shooter, which becomes a liability in end-game situations, and except for dunks, not a great offensive presence because he really has no mid-range shot. That said, he may very well be the missing piece to carry LA to the title this year because he can defend and rebound with the best of them. I’m a Bulls fan, but I say good luck to the Lakers. They will be fun to watch.

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