In a scene reminiscent of the classic Generalissimo Franco SNL skit, the Dwight Howard back saga has become a running narrative that can be plugged in at will from now until whenever he suits up for his first game as a Laker. I won’t mention anything else about his rehab progressing on schedule at this time, as it is not prudent to fully exhaust one’s journalistic resources too early in the game. And personally, I’m totally fine with the casual nature of this. The NBA media has an army of operatives whose primary focus is the 24-hour news cycle. I haven’t seen any footage of Dwight struggling to get into his Bentley Mullsane, so I’m not worried.
In our top story tonight, Arash Markazi at ESPN Los Angeles reports that Dwight Howard’s back rehabilitation is on track.
There has been some attention paid very recently to Kobe Bryant’s work to eradicate homelessness in Los Angeles. It’s a cause he is quite seriously committed to. Ben Bolch at the L.A. Times has the story.
C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll sets the bar for basketball rivalries.
Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk writes that former Laker Matt Barnes has decided to sign with the Clippers. It’s good to see him land somewhere.
Ryan Ward at Lakers Nation writes about Derek Fisher’s free agency options.
The S.I. Tracking Blog has an update on Leandro Barbosa’s job search.
It has nothing to do with the Lakers, but I loved this piece on Matt Bonner by Ananth Pandian for Hardwood Paroxysm.
I’m not interested in bringing presidential polemics to FB&G in any real or measured way. There’s fans of basketball from every spectrum and that’s as it should be. However, I read the new Michael Lewis profile of President Obama for Vanity Fair last night, and have to say that the section on basketball is quite apart from either side of the aisle. I doubt we will ever again have a sitting president, this devoted to the game.
– Dave Murphy