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While it would be great to get a couple runs in before the real games start, the significance isn't necessarily whether Dwight Howard returns for the team's sixth preseason tilt (at Staples against Sacramento), or the seventh, or the eighth. It's another in a series of maraging steel-strong signals he'll be able to play in the season opener on October 30th, and do so without restrictions in playing time or threats to his long term health.
The writing has been on the wall for a little while now, but keep in mind none of this was guaranteed when the Lakers made the big trade in August.