Why Dwight Howard’s Early Return Boosts the Lakers Title Hopes

September 29th, 2012 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Most Los Angeles Lakers fans thought newly acquired center Dwight Howard would miss several weeks of the regular season recovering from back surgery. But according to Yahoo! Sports, Howard is aiming to return for the Oct. 30th season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

In the article, Howard is said to have privately expressed that his back is right now at about 85 percent, but Lakers fans have to be 100 percent delighted at the prospects of seeing their new star-studded starting lineup together for the opening tip.

The Lakers have faced questions about chemistry and and how Steve Nash and Howard will fit with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, and it appears those answers will begin to surface much earlier than expected.

Chemistry may be the number one issue cited when dissecting the 2012-13 Lakers and their title hopes and a prolonged absence for Howard would have only increased the scrutiny.

However, an early return for Howard gives the Lakers an opportunity to work out any offensive and defensive kinks, and it also cements their status as Western Conference favorites.

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