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Dwight Howard injury: Lakers center expected ready for NBA opener

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, recovering from back surgery, is expected to play for the Lakers by their season opener on Oct. 30, if not before.

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Dwight Howard does it all in Lakers debut

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard looked in midseason form in his team debut Sunday evening against the Sacramento Kings.

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Dwight Howard set to debut for Lakers Sunday

Dwight Howard will make his Los Angeles Lakers debut on Sunday night, when the Lakers play host to the Sacramento Kings.

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Lakers uncommitted of Dwight Howard for Sunday

Despite Dwight Howard's desire to play in a preseason game on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers are being cautious with him and aren't committed to that yet.

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Dwight Howard to play on Sunday vs. Kings

The 2012 NBA regular season is fast approaching, but Lakers fans won't need to wait that much longer for Dwight Howard to make his debut. He should be on the court for Sunday's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Dwight Howard cleared for 5 on 5 action

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has been cleared to participate in full team drills.

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Dwight Howard practices for Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers' center Dwight Howard is showing no signs of limitation from his surgically repaired back and appears to be nearing full strength, though the team remains cautious in its approach.

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Howard remains noncommittal about return date

Despite claiming to be getting stronger with each day of training and rehab, Los Angeles Lakers' center Dwight Howard remains noncommittal about a possible return date.

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Dwight Howard plans for opening night return

Dwight Howard expects to play for his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on Oct. 30

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Ronnie Aguilar could make the Lakers' roster

With the status of newly-acquired Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard up in the air as he recovers from a back injury, a roster spot could be available for rookie center Ronnie Aguilar to make the roster.

Per Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports via Twitter, the 7-footer out of Colorado State University is a "dark horse" to make the team out of training camp. This news is indicative of the Lakers' commitment to taking Howard's rehab cautiously. The team has not made a firm indication of how long he may be out, but the their willingness to move forward and add more depth at center suggests he could miss at least some regular season games.

Howard averaged 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in 2011 and brings a new dynamic of athleticism and speed to the center position that the team was missing with former Lakers All-Star Andrew Bynum. In Howard's absence, the team's young big men will have big shoes to fill.

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Dwight Howard ruled out of Lakers preseason opener

Dwight Howard has been ruled out for the start of training camp and the preseason opener for the Los Angeles Lakers as he rehabs from spinal surgery.

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