The moment the doors opened to the Lakers' practice facility, the team showed on Tuesday a first-hand glimpse of what could mark a significant variable in the team's championship fortunes. Sure, part of that included Dwight Howard's participation and admission afterward that he may have recovered enough from back surgery to play in a few preseason games. Kobe Bryant's dunk over Chris Douglas-Roberts partly explains why he didn't feel the need to receive another off-season procedure on his knee in Germany. Steve Nash's three made free throws at the end of practice spared the team from extra running.
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