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Dwight Howard injury: Lakers C plans debut for 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.

Stephen Dunn

Dwight Howard is poised to take the court for the first time wearing a Los Angeles Lakers jersey in Sunday's preseason game against the Sacramento Kings, according to a report on Yahoo! Sports.

Howard, who was traded to the Lakers during the offseason from the Orlando Magic, has yet to suit up in Los Angeles while dealing with a back injury. As long as Howard doesn't have any complications or setbacks with the injury over the next couple days, the 6'11", 285-pound big man should make his debut Sunday.

Howard has been sidelined since undergoing surgery in April to repair a herniated disk. He has been practicing with the Lakers during preseason camp but has yet to suit up in any exhibition games.

An eight-year NBA veteran, Howard is widely regarded as the league's best center and should immediately bolster the Lakers' front court playing alongside forward Pau Gasol. In 54 games last season, Howard averaged 38.3 minutes, 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds.

This post first appeared on SB Nation.