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October 23, 2012


Dwight Howard makes his debut with the LA Lakers

We’ve still got 9 more days before the real thing begins but things are looking quite good for the 2012-13 NBA season.

By Stephen Lars

We’ve still got 9 more days before the real thing begins but things are looking quite good for the 2012-13 NBA season. On the one hand, we can now officially say that the Dwigh Howard Era in the Lakers has begun. On the other, it looks as if the overall market is going to be a little more evenly distributed this season. At least that’s what it looks like in paper. The Heat and the Celtics are going to have an even rougher rivalry after Ray Allen signed with Miami. The Clippers have brought in some backup from last season and in an effort not to stay behind, the Lakers opted to sign in the veteran Steve Nash and bring in Dwight Howard to help out Kobe Bryant in what could be his second to last season of basketball.

The Lakers opted to sign in the veteran Steve Nash and bring in Dwight Howard to help out Kobe Bryant in this season.

But the story we are trying to tell here is about Howard and his move to the Lakers. After years of inconsistency with the Orlando Magic, and after really failing to improve his offensive repertoire, it was time for Howard to part ways with his former team. Not without getting involved in the firing of his old head coach Stan van Gundy from the Magic. Curiously enough, once Stan was fired he opted to move to LA. Not the classiest move ever, but once again, that’s not the issue we are tying to cover here either. What matters now is that Howard is with the Lakers and that on his first appearance he looked very fine. That doesn’t mean that the Lakers as a whole are doing too well. As a matter of fact Kobe Bryant’s team has loss all of their six preseason matches, including their latest 99-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings last night. One thing is fore sure, though. Dwight Howard is back, and he’s starting to make some magic next to Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant.

Not only was this Howards’ first game with the Lakers, it was also his first game since he underwent major back surgery to repair a herniated disc six months ago. Sure, if you look at his whole performance closely enough, you’ll notice that he was a little rusty. But overall one couldn’t really tell that he had been away for so long. He finished the night with a double-double, with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two assists while playing 33 minutes. Not bad at all. He also received a warm welcome from the fans, who showed their appreciation with a stunning cheer once he was announced and after his first score. Howard’s presesnce in the court also infused the Lakers with a good rhythm. As a matter of fact the Lakers came off making 6 of their first 8 shots for a 60.6 percent team shooting in the first half. Perhaps what’s even more important here is that the Lakers assisted 15 of their 20 baskets before the break.

Sure enough they loss the game, but that’s not what really matters right now. "You could tell his timing was a little bit off at times," said Lakers coach Mike Brown about Dwight’s performance. "A couple of times where he probably would have blocked the shot he was maybe a half a step late and then offensively at times he was half a step late in certain areas but overall, I thought he looked good".

About the Author

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers the Sports news, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS Sportsbook. You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

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