Per Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers center could make his preseason debut this evening at Staples Center against the Kings, assuming Gary "Father" Vitti gives the final thumbs up. At Sunday's shootaround, coach Mike Brown sounded optimistic about Howard's availability, but reminded how the decision will ultimately come from the medical staff. Like every step throughout this process, caution will be exercised and no unnecessary chances will be taken.
In other words, common sense will prevail.
If Howard's good to go -- and the glimpses I've seen during practices and pregame warmups have been impressive -- by all means, let's rock and roll. But if there are any doubts, play it safe and reevaluate matters Wednesday for the contest against the Clips. While the thought of Superman in a Laker uni is undoubtedly exciting, the practical benefits at this time simply aren't worth risking a setback. We've waited this long, so what's a few extra days in the grand scheme of things?