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Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  23 responses

Dwight Howard to Play on Sunday (UPDATE)


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

UPDATE: It’s official — Dwight Howard will make his debut for the Los Angeles Lakers tonight against the Sacramento Kings. Not only that, but Howard won’t have any minute restrictions (according to head coach Mike Brown), and the big fella is expected to suit up for the next two preseason games as well.

The timetable for Dwight Howard’s Laker debut keeps getting moved up.

Initially, Howard was expected to suit up on opening night (October 30), but he could be on the court much sooner than that.

According to published reports, the Los Angeles Lakers are planning for Dwight Howard to play this Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

Barring any complications with Howard’s back over the next couple days, the Lakers are optimistic the All-Star center will make their first appearance for them on Sunday. “He is making progress,” one Lakers source said. “There is a good chance he can play Sunday.”

Howard has been sidelined since having surgery in April to repair a herniated disk. He’s not expected to play against the Kings on Friday in Las Vegas. The Lakers would like Howard to play in two of their three remaining preseason games after Friday, sources said. But they’re hesitant to play him in both games of a back-to-back Wednesday and Thursday. Howard hasn’t had any setbacks in practices since training camp began. If he has another strong workout on Saturday, team doctors are expected to clear him to play Sunday.

This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as all reports have been positive regarding Dwight Howard’s recovery from back surgery.

It looks like the world could finally be getting its first glimpse of the revamped Lakers.

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  • JayVal Eeno

    why is dwight wearing shannon brown’s jersey?

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

    big moment here

  • Twin BOI chin 2 x 8 = Kobe

    lol lakers can’t win a preseason game till d12 arrives

  • James The Balla

    God love ‘em!

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  • LakeShow

    Lets see this boy in action.

  • justin05

    Shannon Brown plays for Los Suns now.

  • LakeShow

    MT: OK. I referenced how Kobe seems to have taken a liking to you earlier. Meanwhile, Smush Parker made some comments the other day – in response to Kobe’s comments – that criticized him as a teammate and a person. What are your thoughts on Kobe after three weeks with him?
    CDR: Kobe is my man. He’s been great to me. I don’t know about Smush, but Kobe’s been great with me from day one. He’s a lunatic out here on the court, but I am too. He’s one of the greatest to ever play this game … and I’ve seen a guy who comes in here every day and treats practice like a game. I’ve seen a guy that will do anything to win. I’ve seen a guy who’s extremely competitive in each part of his day. I figured out that Kobe talks trash to keep you at a certain level. It’s about the alpha. This is what he does, and if you run with your tail between your legs, he sees this and he’s going to act on this. I have no problem with that. I like that. (Lakers head coach) Mike Brown assigned him as my 1-on-1 partner on my first day, and it got real. It got physical, some elbows were thrown, there was trash talking both ways, but it was all in the competitive nature. We were going at it. And I guess that’s why he respects me. He looks at me and he sees some characteristics in himself. I’m out there trying to kill you out there. Point blank, period. We can hang after practice, but I don’t see any faces while we’re on the court. I just see an opponent. If it’s Kobe that day, we gotta go at it, man! He’s extremely talented and skilled, so he’s going to win most of the time – but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to compete.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    The hell you been bro….under a rock……..in the marina trench ? Shannon been gone

  • LakeShow

    Christopher Douglas Roberts was asked about how Kobe is as a team mate…
    CDR: Kobe is my man. He’s been great to me. I don’t know about Smush, but Kobe’s been great with me from day one. He’s a lunatic out here on the court, but I am too. He’s one of the greatest to ever play this game … and I’ve seen a guy who comes in here every day and treats practice like a game. I’ve seen a guy that will do anything to win. I’ve seen a guy who’s extremely competitive in each part of his day. I figured out that Kobe talks trash to keep you at a certain level. It’s about the alpha. This is what he does, and if you run with your tail between your legs, he sees this and he’s going to act on this. I have no problem with that. I like that. (Lakers head coach) Mike Brown assigned him as my 1-on-1 partner on my first day, and it got real. It got physical, some elbows were thrown, there was trash talking both ways, but it was all in the competitive nature. We were going at it. And I guess that’s why he respects me. He looks at me and he sees some characteristics in himself. I’m out there trying to kill you out there. Point blank, period. We can hang after practice, but I don’t see any faces while we’re on the court. I just see an opponent. If it’s Kobe that day, we gotta go at it, man! He’s extremely talented and skilled, so he’s going to win most of the time – but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to compete.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Just wanted to show some of you that you have no idea about Kobe.

  • http://twitter.com/NewBrianPumper King

    +1

  • http://www.facebook.com/comicz.peligrino Miguel Carlo Aldaba Peligrino

    Dwight used to be my favorite center. But as soon as he LEFT Orlando, it was over.

  • anon

    not familiar with the concept of sarcasm i see

  • danpowers
  • DTC21

    He’s getting soft in his old age Lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/blong33 Brad Long

    And so it begins…

  • black pinoy

    so whos your new favorite center? oh i forgot there arent any (except bynum i guess)

  • shutup

    Wait until CDR spends most of his career on the bench then gets cut by said Lakers, well see if his opinion stays the same, or better yet I want someone to ask Kobe who is CDR and we’d get a better perception of reality.

  • allnba

    0-6 nothing new

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

    He looked good out there.. 19 and 12

  • er

    get off his jock, kobe’s a great player, but he’s an asshole,u can’t win every battle, damn. Just cuz you act cool wit some ppl and jerk off 90% of the others to get to the top don’t mean nothin.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    ouch to the rest of the centers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    No not really i dont really know you guys so its hard to gauge who is really how touch with player locations

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