LOS ANGELES, CA (Sporting Alert) — Dwight Howard has been active in the LA Lakers’ warm up and will start for the first time against the Sacramento Kings at STAPLES Center Sunday night.
But come Sunday night, Howard, who underwent back surgery to repair a herniated disk, which kept him out of action for six months – will make his debut for the Lakers and he’s hoping for a change of luck heading into the regular season.
The former Orlando Magic center took part the Lakers’ training practice on Saturday and then participated in a Sunday morning shootaround and looked good enough to convinced trainer Gary Vitti cleared him to play.
All eyes will now be on Howard’s conditioning after the late preseason start.
“[conditioning] is the main thing,” Howard noted. “Like I told you guys: ‘I don’t want to go out there fatigued and injure something else.’
“Most of the time, that’s when you (get) injuries. So I just want to make sure I’m in pretty good shape to play.”
Lakers coach Mike Brown will field Howard, alongside Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, in his starting lineup Sunday night, but didn’t predicted any sort of minutes for his big stars.
“I have no minute restrictions,” he said.