Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 1:34 pm  |  21 responses

Dwight Howard Reportedly Aiming To Play in Lakers’ Opener

by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10

Will Dwight Howard be ready for opening night?

The Lakers have taken a wait-and-see approach to Dwight’s recovery from back surgery, offering no specific timetable for his return.

But Dwight has made clear progress in recent weeks—working out with the Lakers and was dancing on Ellen last week. His back has “returned to 85 percent strength,” and Yahoo! reports that Howard is pushing to make it back for the Lakers’ season opener:

Five months after back surgery, All-Star center Dwight Howard has targeted his Los Angeles Lakers debut for opening night of the 2012-13 season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Howard is determined to play against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 30 at Staples Center, and his progress in recent weeks has strengthened the possibility, sources said.

Howard has privately indicated his back has returned to 85 percent strength, sources said. He had surgery for a herniated disc in April and still needs doctor’s clearance to engage in full training-camp activities with the Lakers. Los Angeles opens its training camp Tuesday.

It’s a somewhat surprising development, considering he hasn’t been cleared for five-on-five activities. But with a back that’s at 85 percent and a month left to rehab, Dwight might be fully healthy to start the season.

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  • Dmac

    Okay hes seem determined to get on the court..thats a great sign

  • Dmac

    Dwight showing the lakers that hes ready to give it is all #2013Champs

  • Josh

    He only moved to LA because he got bored of Orlando’s Disneyland. Too busy being a clown. Thunder will take the west.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert


  • Salty

    Jesus. This man is built like a Spartan. Regardless of his infantile behavior at times, the dude is an absolute beast, physically. He should be the most dominant big man in the league.

  • Gusisit

    Back injuries are the worst because it effects every part of your body. Your jumping, explosiveness, running, agility, stamina and shooting all are effected because of a back injury

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Take your time big fella. Rushin is for Stalin.

  • The Philosopher

    Quick prediction, my good brethren;
    The King will earn the M.V.P award for the 2nd consecutive season.
    WHILE… averaging a triple double for the season

  • James aka…

    I would be more confient making that prediction if he had been close to averaging a double double.

  • RKJ92

    James you from burn hill or block-13??

  • RKJ92

    Couldnt agree more ;)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NVGJJPAZDF7PYA7QPJLJRQWDBE Jordan Carter

    You right.. Ask T-Mac bout them

  • Sean B

    Hey guys check out my new blog on the Lakers (don’t worry, it is safe for Kobe haters too…we enjoy mocking him even) – lakerstheblog.com

  • http://twitter.com/jrlakerfan4life Jonathan

    See kids this is exactly why you don’t listen or believe the so called “NBA Insiders” on ESPN like Ric “Hooker” Bucher. Bucher was saying on the same day that the D12 trade went down that his “sources” told him D12 would miss the first or possibly first 2 months of the season because of his back injury. Bucher seriously lost any ounce of journalism credibility in the summer of 2007 when he said “Kobe has played his last game in a Laker jersey”.What a clown this dude is.

  • http://twitter.com/jrlakerfan4life Jonathan

    Thunder ain’t winning a damn thing now or in the future with Scott Brooks coaching them !

  • Max

    Whadda BEAST!

  • RKJ92

    He’s ALMOST as big as I am! Just needs to get a BIT bigger Lollll!!!

  • pposse

    chris broussard is worse.

  • James aka…

    No, East York. Pape area.

  • Conor

    My father had the same surgery in the exact locations of his spine that Howard did. He is nearly sixty, and within three months, he was running, kayaking, and playing basketball.

    If a sixty-year old man can recover from a surgery like that so quickly and be so mobile post-op, I think a 26-year old genetic marvel can do the same.

  • Josh

    Haha, Disneyworld*, Disneyland is the Californian one though right?