Dwight Howard was pranked Sunday, getting a taste of his own medicine after pulling off many a hijinks in his day.
The newest Los Angeles Laker was getting ready to run out onto the floor of the Staples Center as his team was getting ready for a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings, but as he started to make his way onto the court the rest of the team pulled back. The Dwight Howard prank left the big man entering the court all by himself.
Dwight Howard took the prank in stride, NESN reported, laughing it off as teammates like Pau Gasol joined in on the laughing.
That wasn’t the same case over the last year. The normally bubbly and upbeat Howard was cast as the moody superstar in Orlando, getting into public spats with coaches and management as he demanded a trade out of the situation.
That opening came this summer, when the Los Angeles Lakers picked up the star big man as part of their compiling of a superteam, the Western Conference’s answer to the Miami Heat.
Dwight Howard getting pranked didn’t hurt his play too much. After spending the summer rehabbing from a back injury, Howard is back in playing shape and ready to help the Lakers in the team’s attempt to re-assert itself as the best in the West. ESPN noted that even in defeat, Howard was impressive and gives Lakers fans something to be excited about this season.
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