LOS ANGELES We're going to try something different for today's Wolves Monday post. I was on vacation in Los Angeles this weekend, and the cool thing about being a sports writer on vacation in Los Angeles is that you can just pick up on a whim and go watch Dwight Howard's first game in a Lakers uniform.
Which is what I did. Call it scouting for the state of the Western Conference this season. Call it obsessive compulsive disorder that I think working on vacation is a great idea. Whatever. It was a moment you can't help but want to witness.
The game was fun to watch, without a doubt, in a way that few preseason games are. Forget the score, 99-92 Kings. (Yes, the Kings beat the Lakers in Dwight Howard's debut. It's the preseason. That can happen.) Before it started, Howard's teammates shoved him out onto the court alone; they waited in the wings in the best kind of prank, allowing their new star a moment alone in the glaring spotlight of Staples.