While Howard is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, he's also a pretty good offensive player. In fact the 20.7 points he's averaged over the last five seasons is the best of any center in the NBA.
Needless to say the Lakers just didn't get him for his defense. They were hoping he might be able to chip in some points as well.
At the start of his first game as a Laker, Howard didn't disappoint. He showed an ability to pass that we never saw in Orlando. Sometimes we confuse not doing something with not being able to do it.
After the first quarter though, he seemed to disappear, though to be fair, it was hard to determine how much was his fault and how much was Mike Brown's.
The offense was deplorable. The Lakers didn't push the ball in spite of the fact that they had an athletic advantage. They didn't force the ball inside in spite of the fact that the Mavericks were missing their starting power forward and starting center.
It shall henceforth be known as Mike Brown's Failure.
Ultimately Howard fouled out on an offensive foul, which seemed appropriate for the way the game went.
Howard gets a C- instead of a lower grade because asking him to be comfortable in that offense is akin to asking someone to be comfortable sleeping on a bed of broken glass.