Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at 12:46 pm  |  8 responses

Dwight Howard on Getting Into Good Shape: ‘I’m Not Even Close’

Looking for a relatively depressing Dwight Howard health update? Of course you aren’t, but here ya go: According to the LA Times, the Lakers big man says he’s still got a ways to go before he’s back to 100 percent: “Dwight Howard isn’t Dwight Howard. He’s not the dunk-tastic, shot-blocking force of energy under the basket that he used to be. But why? The Lakers center continues to point to back surgery last April to repair a herniated disk. ‘It’s one of the biggest factors,’ Howard said after practice Saturday. ‘Coming off the injury, I only had four weeks to get ready for the season, which was training camp and then preseason. I didn’t really have a chance to really get in good shape. It’s hard trying to get in shape during the season playing a lot of minutes and traveling. I’m not even close. I used to play 45, 48 minutes without really getting tired. Now I have five possessions, I’m winded. I know I’m not there, but all that stuff will come. . . . I just know how much more effective I will be in better shape and that just comes with time. Unfortunately, it cost us a lot of games but we’ve got an opportunity to make history. I’m going to try and do whatever I can to help this team win.’ Howard has shown shades of a revival, including his 19-point, 16-rebound effort in a 111-107 victory Friday over Portland.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    speaking of back/neck injuries, just saw this. must see if u grew up on 90′s nba

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  • koloradokobe

    If he gets winded after 5 possessions, why the f–k was this dude asking for more touches at the beginning of the year?

  • robb

    this should be the moment to improve his fundamentals. When he’s 30 something he’s gonna be as limited physically as he’s now, so if he wants to be effective and have a long career he should get into it.

  • mike

    this guy should just be quiet and play… i feel like he always likes to talk about doing things and making excuses. Just let your game speak bro…

  • ATL dynamite

    Brought me to tears…. thanks for the share.

  • underdog

    Man, thank you! It’s a shame this video didn’t make the news section at all.

  • pposse

    i clicked on the link, dont know what im looking for its an nba.com schedule?