Howard To Start vs. Kings

Dwight Howard will make his Laker debut tonight at home against the Sacramento Kings.

Howard was cleared for full contact drills on October 9 and had slowly been working his way back into game shape. The biggest concern for the big man was his conditioning.

“That’s the main thing,” Howard explained after Thursday’s practice. “Like I told you guys: ‘I don’t want to go out there fatigued and injure something else.’ Most of the time, that’s when you (get) injuries. So I just want to make sure I’m in pretty good shape to play.”

For the first time, the Lakers will also put out their regular starting lineup on the floor with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Howard.