There wasn’t much, just 26 seconds of video as posted on the Los Angeles Lakers’ team Web site. But that was Dwight Howard. On the Lakers’ practice floor in El Segundo! WEARING FORUM BLUE AND GOLD!
The All-Star center, whose trade from Orlando to L.A. was the cornerstone of what might be a championship tilt from East to West this season, went through a workout that had to whet the appetite of NBA fans across the land. Mike Trudell of Lakers.com was there to chronicle the activity, rehab from back surgery for Howard, tantalizing taste of things to come for everyone else:
On Wednesday afternoon, Howard continued to make progress, focusing on upper and lower body strengthening, core stabilization, light running plus some basketball activities.
Assistant coaches Darvin Ham and Chuck Person went through low post moves with the six time All-Star center … with Howard adding some shooting from the paint and the free throw line.
Howard dropped in a high percentage of his patented baby hooks with either hand, spinning either to the baseline or the middle depending on Ham’s defense, and showed his quick first step getting to the hoop when Ham closed out.
There still are miles to go. Howard isn’t being counted on for the start of training camp, the preseason opener Oct. 7 or any specific return date at all. But reports from the Lakers’ training staff say there have been no setbacks for Howard. He is right on schedule! THIS REALLY IS HAPPENING!