Dwight Howard and the road ahead

In his Lakers debut, big man shows the way his new team will succeed this season

Updated: October 22, 2012, 3:53 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Even when it doesn't work out, you can see how it will work. Dwight Howard changes the Los Angeles Lakers in more ways than you could have imagined.

Howard's Lakers debut started with him victimized by a prank usually played on rookies, and ended with the Lakers' sixth loss in as many preseason games. In between were all the ingredients for a team that Howard predicted, in the one bit of understatement around the Lakers, is "going to be good."

Sure there were lob passes ...

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