LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) – Dwight Howard has been working hard ahead of facing his former team, the Orlando Magic, and the Los Angeles Lakers star center is looking forward to the clash at Staples Center on Sunday night.
When: 9:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 2, 2012
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Orlando), TWC Sportsnet (Los Angeles)
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Howard, who spend eight-years with the Florida franchise, left the club at the end of last season to join Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol at the Lakers, following a series of indifferences involving the former coach and the organization.
After shaking off a back injury which kept him out of preseason activities, the big center has been slowly working his way back to full fitness, in addition to taking the necessary steps to understanding his role in coach coach Mike D’Antoni system.
Howard’s coming off an impressive double-double outing in the last game, and there is no doubt his main focus is to continue doing his job in helping the Lakers (8-8) get better.
One of the things they must do tonight is beat his former employers and Howard, although admitting that to still hold a special place in his heart for Orlando, is ready to move past the old times.
“Orlando will always be my home. That’s where I grew up, really,” Howard said on Lakers official website at www.lakers.com.
“Fans were great to me for eight years. I had some unbelievable memories, but like I told you guys when I got here, this is a new chapter in my life.
“This is my home now and I’m looking forward to making a lot of great memories here.”
The Lakers come into the game Sunday night on the back of a dominating 122-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets, where Howard finished with 28 points and 20 rebounds.
But two wins in the last five games is far from impressive and D’Antoni says the team is taking the steps to improve several aspects of its game.
“We watch a lot of film. Kids nowadays do a lot of video and they learn from video,” D’Antoni said.
“We do a lot of individual breakdowns if (Steve) Nash were doing it – if we’re talking about Darius (Morris) for example – and try to get him better visualizing what’s going on in the game.
“The development of players for any organization is key.
The Magic (5-10) is currently on a three game losing streak and only won three in the last 10 games played.
The team has also only won one in its six games on the road so far this campaign – entering the contest with a (1-5) road record.