Dwight Howard Expects His Back to Be Healthy for Start of the Season

by July 18, 2012

The rumor mill continues to work overtime on the Dwight Howard trade front, but while no one knows for sure where the big fella will be hooping next season, Howard tells the LA Times that he will be ready to go come opening night: “Dwight Howard stood outside a Dodger Stadium suite Tuesday night trying to decide what to eat off the dessert cart. He took forever, and when he began to recite out loud, ‘eeny, meeny, miny, moe,’ I asked him if that was how he was going to pick where he played. He mimicked as if he would, saying ‘this team and that team,’ but unfortunately stopping when his attention returned to the desserts. […] A fan yelled to Howard, ‘Are you coming to L.A.?’ And Howard replied with the consent of his security guard, ‘I’m here now.’ He paused, and then added, ‘to rehab.’ I asked about his back, which he had surgically repaired, and he said he will be fine for the start of the season, but he said he could not talk about basketball. What else would you want to talk to Howard about? A few minutes later the Dodgers showed Howard on the big screen in left field eating his dessert. He drew considerable applause, and I wonder what the reaction would be if they showed Andrew Bynum on the big screen. The word around the Lakers earlier in the day was the team might know by Wednesday whether there is any reason to pursue Howard.”