Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/10/14

Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Dwight Howard participated in his first practice with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, going through a lengthy workout with no apparent concerns about his surgically repaired back. Howard worked out with the Lakers' new starting five during much of the afternoon practice at the Lakers' training complex, running offensive drills with Steve Nash and playing a little 1-on-1 against Pau Gasol. After finishing up the workout with drills in the Lakers' new Princeton-inflected offense, he got a few quick pointers from Kobe Bryant. Howard's performance was encouraging to the Lakers, who are being careful with their new franchise center five months after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. "I didn't surprise myself," Howard said. "I've been working hard to get on the court. I want to continue to work hard, (and) we haven't had any setbacks, so I want to continue to do whatever I can to get on the court." The six-time All-Star center hasn't committ...
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