Forget about the NBA preseason. Forget about reports out of practice and whispers through the grapevine.
In a matter of hours, Dwight Howard will make his regular-season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers, and everyone will get to see for themselves how the big fella is responding to his new circumstances.
Of course, Dwight won't be the only subject of speculative ogling at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. He'll be sharing the shiny new court with fellow superstar Steve Nash and may or may not have to acquiesce to Kobe Bryant, depending on how the Laker legend's foot is feeling.
That being said, Dwight remains the biggest acquisition of the offseason and will be tasked with lifting the Lakers back into legitimate title contention. As such, he'll be the apple of everyone's eye when the Lake Show goes toe-to-toe with the visiting Dallas Mavericks on opening night.
To make sure your goggles are properly tuned to the action on TNT, let's have a look at what to watch for from Howard's first meaningful foray in Forum blue and gold.