Monday, December 24th, 2012 at 10:25 am  |  14 responses

Dwight Howard’s Back Injury Made Him Imagine Retiring

Watching Dwight Howard play these days, post back surgery, it’s clear that he’s nowhere near fully healthy. He has admitted as much on multiple occasions since the season began, and this weekend, Howard mentioned that retirement briefly crossed his mind when he got hurt last season as a member of the Orlando Magic. Per NBA.com: “I did for a couple days,’ Howard said. [...] ‘When I got hurt, I lost my whole left leg, basically, from my nerves,’ he said. ‘That takes at least nine months to get that strength back. I was able to get some of it back in a couple of months. But it’s always a process. I wish that it would all come back right away, but this is a great time for me to work on other parts of my game that’ll make myself better and also make the team better. It’s really, at this point, not even my back. The injury I had caused my whole left leg to just lose all strength. My nerves were severely damaged. It takes a while for those nerves to grow back and for you to have enough strength to play. All that stuff is coming back slowly. There’s still days, like I said, where I feel really good, and there’s day when I’m not so good. But it’s all a process. I’m pretty sure at the end of the year I’ll feel a lot better than I do now. If I would have waited until after the season (to have the operation), if I would have tried to continue to play, then I probably wouldn’t be able to play anymore. I had to do it right away. I didn’t want to risk my career for some playoff games. They were important for me, but my health is important.’”

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  • Max

    Imagine that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    That’s crazy…any type of spinal injury is not to be f*cked with.

  • Fat Lever

    I heard that Dwight will be starring in the next season of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

    Anything that he says now is like the boy who cried wolf. As Jay-Z said, “We don’t believe you, you need more people”

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

    this is the biggest bulllshit story I have ever read on hear….and I read ALL of the “TMZ” articles smh

  • gustrago


  • http://www.facebook.com/zer02hero15 James Franco Guerta

    Do it Dwight, do it.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    You’re a star when you make the news for stuff like this. You’re a superstar when you make the news for achieving something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadBluue Czakó Balázs

    another dumb story from DH. boooooring…

  • http://www.facebook.com/sinjah7 Sinan Jahic

    retire from basketball,cause you are a disgrace to the sport… calling yourself superman,BULLSHIT… you have NO heart to play this sport,i followed what you did in orlando and see now what was the problem over there!
    now you here in the laker land and you know what you are like a cancer ,that slowly creeps up and eat you till you can’t get up and die ! ! ! leave the sport or grow up,go out there and play some real ball ! ! ! ONE LAST THING STOP CALLING YOURSELF SUPERMAN,you are more like a average joe !

  • cinquet

    I hope he returns to full strength, in the mean time he can work on other things to get better. He’s still a very effective player even not a full strength

  • Chuck Dynasty

    i would of prefer that then him backstabbing the Orlando Magic n its fans F*cking sellout !!!

  • RedRum

    I think the past two years DH’s mental health is spiraling in front of our eyes. The dude is too fragile to lead a franchise to a title, like his “idol” Shaq did. He will always be an A2 player to an A1 Kobe (or wherever he decides to go next…)

  • JamieArnold

    Spinal injuries are definitely debilitating: I just read the other day about Bill Walton saying his back injury made him consider suicide! Fortunately I only have experience with slight lower back pain now and again (I go to http://www.backpainrelief.net and sometimes the Mayo Clinic site for tips) but I know firsthand spine pain is real!