In addition to missing the early practices the Lakers are also going as far as to rule out Howard for the early preseason games as well. The Lakers start preseason play in Fresno against the Golden State Warriors on October 7th. Naturally the next question is will Howard be ready for the regular season opener on October 30th? That seems unlikely given he still has yet to be cleared to conduct physical activates.
But the Lakers knew what they were getting into prior to acquiring Howard.