In other words, for Lakers’ opponents, Howard has, indeed, become the bearer of bad news.Or something like that.– Mirjam SwansonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More readingUnlikely heroes – Dwight Howard and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope rise to the challenge in Lakers’ victory in San Antonio.Pop caught up in Kuzmania – Even though, at first, he “didn’t see a lot of rhyme and reason to what he was doing.”“This is a little disrespectful to Jordan…” – Alex Caruso is Mr. Meme. And more.Lakers outlast Dallas in a thriller – Danny Green nailed the first truly high-stakes shot of the season.What might Manu Ginobili, Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams and Kyle Kuzma have in common? – Hmmm. Their roles in a rotation?Or… – Perhaps the Lakers’ “Death Lineup” comes with Kuzma on the wing and A.D. at center?Stop, tuck and roll – Slam dancing can be bad for your health, A.D.Let’s go to the tape – Lakers fans are lucky to have Pete Zayas breaking everything down, including a closer look at Dwight’s great start defensively. Editor’s note: This is the Monday, Nov. 4 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Lakers fandom has jokes.My colleague Kyle Goon, on the ground in San Antonio on Sunday, reported that Dwight Howard — clearly having a grand ol’ time with this Hollywood-style plot twist in his return to the Lakers — was of the mood to see if a nickname for he and the rest of the second unit might stick:Tweeted Kyle: Dwight Howard tried to coin a nickname for the Lakers’ second unit tonight: ‘The Bad News Bears. Not the Bad News Bears in a bad way, but ‘we’re gonna bring bad news to the other team.’ That type of bad news.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd, oh, dependable Twitter, tickled by the notion, and by Dwight’s explanation, chimed in:“My new nickname is the Titanic, but not the failing kind”“new nickname is the ‘hindenburg’ we are gonna be on fire but like in a good way”“‘OH THE HUMANITY’… But in an excited tone…”No joke, though. Thus far, Howard is proving to be the guy he said he’d be in an introductory teleconference shortly before the season, after re-signing with the Lakers six years later. “Not too often in life do you get a second chance, so this is an awesome experience, I’m looking forward to just being the best teammate, the best person in the community, the best I can be for this franchise,” he said Sept. 4.He’s certainly been the best version of himself on the court, with a spring in his step you wouldn’t expect from a fella who’s undergone multiple back surgeries, including one in 2018 as a result of a nagging gluteal injury.On Sunday, Howard was a “vintage physical force, finishing 7 for 7 for 14 points and 13 rebounds, and adding volleyball-spike blocks to a forceful 13-6 closing run,” as Kyle wrote it.“You have an injury like I had it attacks your whole body, your nervous system, your brain is attacked,” Howard told reporters in San Antonio. “So for me my body needs to relearn how to jump, how to move, how to block shots, all that stuff. So I think every game, every practice I’ve gotten better and better and better, so I’m just going to continue to work hard, continue to do what I’ve been doing, staying humble, staying hungry, and keep working.”Offensively, he’s far from the focal point. But he’s stayed ready and used his veteran savvy to infiltrate defenses for some easy scores, and true to his word, he’s proving a determined screener.Defensively, the 16th-year center is exhibiting expert, sound technique, hustling to shut off passing lanes, disrupt rollers, impede attacks from the wing — and clearly earning the trust of his teammates in the process.Howard, who turns 34 on Dec. 8, is averaging only 21.3 minutes per game in his role off the bench, but those minutes really are of the vintage variety.Some of his per-36 numbers — the stats he’d put up in 36 minutes of play — are as good or better than his career averages. His per-36 rebounding rate is 13.8, ahead of his career average of 12.6 (over an average of 34.4 minutes).His blocks are off the charts, too. Just in his limited time, he’s averaging 2.3 blocks per game, better than his 2.0 career mark.
There will be two meetings – both of them open to all members of the public and being held in the Kids Arena Field House.“All ages are invited to help assist with this project and input for the development of a new spray park,” Director of Facilities & Grounds Craig Stanley writes.The meeting are being held back-to-back – the first on Wednesday February 18, 2015 and the second the following Thursday.- Advertisement -Both meeting will commence in the Kids Arena Field House upstairs Meeting Room, running 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.