5 Things We Learned from Dwight Howard's LA Lakers Debut

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5 Things We Learned from Dwight Howard's LA Lakers Debut
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It's real. It's all finally so unbelievably real.

Dwight Howard plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, and there's not much the rest of the NBA can do about it but cross its fingers and hope for the best.

Okay, so maybe the situation isn't quite so dire for the 29 Dwight-less teams out there. After all, the Sacramento Kings managed to dampen Dwight's Lakers debut on Sunday by way of a 99-92 result in favor of the visitors.

As the final score suggests, the sailing was hardly smooth all the way through for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year and his superstar compadres. There were miscues, missed assignments, botched opportunities and turnovers to seemingly no end.

The loss was the Lakers' sixth in as many tries this month, though the mark need not be of consequence since, well, it's still the preseason. And Howard's first go-round in purple and gold wasn't lacking for superlatives either.

But what's there to take away from Dwight's first dance with the home team at the Staples Center—good, bad, ugly and otherwise?

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