Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 11:25 am  |  11 responses

Dwight Howard Warns That Lakers Could Play ‘Ugly’ Ball to Start the Season

The Los Angeles Lakers may be reloaded, but they still haven’t quite put things together. And according to center Dwight Howard, the team’s preseason struggles could continue once games that actually count begin. Per the OC Register: “I know everybody wants it right now, right now,’ Howard said. ‘But we want to win in June, that’s what counts.’ Some of the anxiety stems from the Lakers’ 0-8 exhibition record combined with the high number of turnovers that have marked each game. Another worrisome factor is that the starting five have played one exhibition game together; a foot injury to Kobe Bryant and Howard’s recovery from spinal surgery slowing the process. ‘We don’t expect to win every game and be 82-0,’ Howard said. ‘But we do expect, say by midseason, that everybody will have the offense down pat and we’ll be flowing.’ […] Mike Brown has taken his usual what-me worry approach to the start of the season. He said Sunday that he thought the Lakers were right where he figured on picking up the new elements in the offense, maybe even a little ahead. ‘Having said that, in the whole scheme of things, we’re a little behind — from the standpoint that it’s not looking pretty yet,’ Brown said. ‘But it’s OK because I expected it. We’re throwing a lot at them, but I like how they have picked up on the stuff so far.’ Howard warned that the early going could be rough. ‘It might look ugly at times out there, we’re going to turn the ball over a lot,’ he said. ‘But all that stuff will come.’”

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  • justin05

    I’ve been saying this for weeks and I’m a fan of the Lakers. Kobe is still hurting and Dwight is playing sloppy. He’s turnover prone in the post b/c he’s trying new moves out. It’s not like our bench is great so, much like Miami, we will have to rely on our starters.

  • surety

    ‘Ugly ball’ as in ‘Mike Brown ball’

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    well… looks like mettas prediction of 73-9 might be out the window

  • roscoe

    no excuses dh12. stop it b4 you get a reputation.

  • spit hot fiyah

    my guess is third best record in the west, it will take time to get on the same page. artest has looked good though, that is a bonus

  • justin05

    It was out the window once he said it lol. 58-24 is my prediction.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    lol exactly

  • Drig

    Kobe’s bum foot to start the season might be a blessing in disguise. It can help Howard get back to speed on the floor and regain that sharpness so that they can get straight down to business and nail that offense down quickly once #24 returns. On a side note : Mike B better not play ANY starter over 34 minutes as long as Kobe is out. Wins be damned. I want him to blood a bloody bench before the POs arrive and not that pathetic bench of last year. Hell, the guy worked under Pop. The least he should know is to make a decent bench outta decent players :

  • bike

    ‘It might look ugly at times out there, we’re going to turn the ball over a lot,’
    We? Gotta mouse in your pocket Dwight?

  • http://www.facebook.com/zer02hero15 James Franco Guerta

    ahah and then when LA struggles Dwight wants out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    so the man saw it coming, what a visionary. get it together LA, you’ll be just fine. I’m not even a lakers fan but i want this to work for them, i them at full steam when my squad beats them up nicely. Go Heat!!!