Dwight Howard's first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has been filled with more twists, setbacks and disappointments than he ever imagined when he was traded last summer.
He's still hoping the Lakers can come up with a few more surprises for the playoffs.
Los Angeles reached the postseason as the Western Conference's seventh seed with an overtime victory over Houston on Wednesday night, outlasting every misfortune that befell the Lakers during one of the most tumultuous regular seasons in recent NBA history. They've even done it with Kobe Bryant watching the last two games from home, his season finished with a torn Achilles tendon.
The overtime win capped a 28-12 surge for a star-studded club with enormous preseason expectations that have been long overshadowed by their slow start, a coaching change, a ridiculous injury list - and just the everyday madness of being the biggest sports stars in Hollywood.
Howard could be forgiven for wanting a break from this nuttiness. Instead...