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Howard has dropped his Superman title and is looking to get serious and start anew with the Lakers
From the former Lakers Center to the new one, Dwight Howard is in a very similar situation to Bynum. Howard's back is still bothering him, but he's getting closer and closer to game ready.
Howard has been participating in full-speed, low-post drills in practice, trying to rehab the back that left him with "dead legs" last season.
Howard, like Bynum, needs to get his back healthy this preseason, possibly in time to get a few exhibition games in, to not only prepare himself for the season but get some in-game experience with his new team, the new and improved Los Angeles Lakers, complete with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and fellow newbie Steve Nash.
Howard also needs to have a big preseason to show the NBA faithful that there's more to him than the Howard of last season who came off to many as whiny and childish.
This preseason is huge for Dwight Howard. The player formerly known as Superman needs to have a huge preseason of recovery and preparation to transition smoothly into a heroic effort during the regular season.