Howard has first practice with Lakers

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Dwight Howard participated in his first practice with the Los Angeles Lakers, going through a lengthy workout with no apparent concerns about his surgically repaired back.

Howard worked out with the Lakers’ new starting five during much of the afternoon practice at the Lakers’ training complex, running offensive drills with Steve Nash and playing a little 1-on-1 against Pau Gasol. After finishing up the workout with drills in the Lakers’ new Princeton-inflected offense, he got a few quick pointers from Kobe Bryant.

Howard’s performance was encouraging to the Lakers, who are being careful with their new franchise center five months after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

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