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Dwight Howard will be back… someday. No timetable set.

Aug 28, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard speaks during a press conference at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo, California Reuters

When people — and by people we mean guys like Kevin Durant and Chris Bosh — say the Lakers have the best roster “on paper” they are saying it’s one thing to have talent on the roster and it’s another thing to make it work in games.

But before we know if the Lakers can make it work, they have to get all the talent on the court together. And we don’t know when that is going to happen.

Our man Mike Trudell of Lakers.com put together an update on when players are going to be working out at the team facility (Metta World Peace already is) and on the subject of Dwight Howard the news is there is no news.

Dwight Howard is currently doing his therapy/rehabilitation from back surgery at a facility in the Westwood/Century City area of L.A. At some point, he will transition over to working with Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti, the team’s head physical therapist Dr. Judy Seto and the rest of Vitti’s staff (a time has not yet been set). Lakers spokesman John Black said Howard will not be doing any basketball/weight workouts until he’s cleared medically, and that there is no target date for any of that at this point.

At his introductory press conference Howard said it was possible he’d miss the start of the season. Sure sounds like it here.

It is going to take a little time for the Lakers stars to adjust to each other and the hybrid Princeton offense the team will run. How does Steve Nash run the offense, will Kobe work more off the ball, how does Pau Gasol fit in the offense? All of which likely means a slower start than some of the other elite teams and an adjustment period whenever Howard does arrive.

But for the Lakers it’s not about the start. It’s about how they are playing in March, April and beyond.

  1. readysethike - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    howard has never been injury prone but for the surgery he had on his back…is it something that should be of concern in the future? does this lower his value?

  2. paulhargis53 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    How funny would it be if he was never the same player he was before? I bet old lakerluver would be on a suicide watch…

    • echech88 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      And had they decided to keep Bynum and invest long term in him as “the guy”, there would be just as much a chance of him getting hurt every year.

      Both sides of the coin involved risk and they went with the one with more upside

  3. barkley4life - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Once the lower back goes…your in trouble. If he’s going to be in L.A. for many moons no need to rush him back. If pressure mounts and he rushes back because of the fans, media etc. and has a setback it will be a disaster. It’s a long season L.A only needs to be in top 4 heading into Western Conference playoffs. Much better to have him for 60 consecutive games then have him in and out of the lineup all year where they can’t build any continuity.

  4. barkley4life - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    you’re

  5. mendenhallfumblemachine - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Be a huge mistake to rush him. Back is not something you want to do permanent damage to.

  6. magicbucs - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    @paulhargis53…. Lmao! I agree. Lakerluvr would become a clipperluvr if he doesn’t end his life before that.

    • bougin89 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Then we would see the CLIPPERS in every post going forward…

  7. jerdogthompson - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I can only hope this report stands to stem the tide in what has become the most unsavory geek fest of Faker fans breaking their arms patting themselves on the back and looking for room at Staples where to hang their next banner.

    Keep in mind as well, anyone expecting more than 30 a night from Nash is sadly mistaken. There are serious issues that remain for this newly formed team.

    Including, Nash’s ability to put in more than 30 a night. Continuity, just refer to the Heat year one. Kobe, everyone swears he will adjust and learn to work off the ball. Without ever playing a game I must say that’s presumptive at best. Bench, last in the league last year. Just keep believing that by adding Meeks & Jamison will vault the bench into top 10, guaranteed it will be bottom 10. Coaching, Mike Brown didn’t appear able to get this team past the Thunder last year so what makes everyone believe he can do any different this year?

    I expect the Faker faithfuls to be up in arms about these comments. Fact of the matter is nothing I said was subjective, quite the contrary.

    Oh yeah, who wants to put money on the first game (unknown) that D12 plays he won’t have that back tested down low from a Perkins or Reggie Evans type player in the form of a Metta World Peace elbow to that lower back? We shall see……….

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      every team has question marks. get over yourself.

    • borderline1988 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Of course, there’s always question marks. But there’s only 2 things I’m sure off (assuming Howard is healthy).

      1) Interior defense will be much better. Howard single-handedly made Orlando a top-5 defense a few years back (actually, they had the best defensive rating in the league in 2008/09)..even with the likes of Turkoglu, Lewis, etc. on the floor. His impact on a defense is the same as Tyson Chandler, except I’d argue he’s even better than Chandler. And considering that Kobe and MWP are already good defenders, and Gasol is at least average…this defense will be very good in the half-court.

      2) The pick and roll offense with Nash and Howard or Gasol will be unstoppable. Nash’s pick and roll game is perhaps the best in history (maybe besides Stockton). Nash makes guys like Hakeem Warrick and Frye look good. In reality, they are both terrible lol.
      Combine that with Howard, who’s the best finisher in the game rolling to the rim, and you have an unstoppable force. Honestly, they could run a Nash/Howard pick and roll all day long, and never run any other plays, and still put up 100+ PPG.

      But you’re right. Outside of that, there are a lot of issues. Like whether they have the perimeter defenders to check OKC’s stars. Or whether they can stay healthy. Or whether Kobe can stop the hero ball thing and let Nash create with the ball. Or whether the backups can get on the court and not get blown out.

  8. fpimentel72 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    I’m sick and tired of this crap, did the heat show up right away,NO!!! They did not. Howard is way better than bosh and Kobe is a lot better than lebron and Nash is better than Wade, the Lakers will play perfectly together, all of you will see.

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Don’t bother arguing with Heat bandwagon chasers. They just started watching the NBA 2 years ago.

    • jleon1 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      “Nash better than Wade”? “Kobe better than Lebron”? “Howard is better than Bosh”? ok… I might give you that one….But Howard is a center, Bosh is a pf. Your better off comparing Bosh to Metta WP, but you would lose that one two. Ok…..Howard is better than Joel Anthony. Check!

    • jdub2301 - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      You and the 25 people that liked this, have no clue about basketball.

      • niktendough - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        I agree

    • niktendough - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      Kobe is a lot better than lebron? I’m no hear fan but I thought lebron beat kobster to the ring…correct??

  9. jerdogthompson - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Indeed, indeed. Every team has question marks as you so aptly pointed out. My point is simple, the difference between the Faker fans and fans of every other team is the fact that they are not guaranteeing a title before seeing their team play. That’s the difference…………

    • tsi431 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Well, when your team has been the conference champions 7 times in the last decade and NBA champs 5 times in the same time-span, you have that right.

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Fakers fans? Did you come up with that one all by yourself?

  10. superawesome6969 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    U forgetting the heat fans?

  11. manchestermiracle - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I see Kurt found his Laker-bashing article for the day. And all his anti-Laker troll fans promptly chimed in.

  12. paulhargis53 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    It’s not hard to be an anti laker troll fan.
    When 99% of the fanbase of the Lakers is such over the top homers…. no its not hard at all. Kinda like a certain appendage of lakerluver when he sees naked women…not hard at all. Stick a 6-8 Laker in front of him though……look out!!

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      oh man, you questioned lakerluver’s sexuality… you really showed him!

  13. kingjeremi84 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    paulhargis53 shut up man,you hate on every article on the lakers,if laker luver were on he’d hand u ur A$$.magicbucs seems pissed becuse losing dw12,jerdog nash dosnt have to get 30 a night see the rest of the team.im sure there will be some chemistry issues at first but,its dirffrent from the heat they had 3 perimeter player,while the lakers have kobe the wing,dw center and nash pg doing what he does best. i’m not garanteeing a title either just excited to see the season start so stop hating if it was your team ud be happy 2. go lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. paulhargis53 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Hand me my ass? That’s laughable.
    I run verbal circles around him.

    How about you come back when you can put a complete coherent sentence together, King?
    That hot mess of a run-on sentence gave me a headache.

  15. lakerdownunder - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    It’s so funny how many people who are not Laker fans both read and comment on Laker articles. I guess there’s two types of fans – Laker fans and those who wish they were.

    If you don’t like the Lakers, that’s cool, but those who constantly comment on stories about them are doing nothing but showing their jealousy and, to be honest, are just embarrassing themselves.

    Go and comment positively about your own team and stop making foosl out of yourself here.

  16. jerdogthompson - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Nope. Didn’t create Faker fans myself, that’s just the only reference I can make to u homers that will pass the post test.

    The mere fact that I’m stating facts does not make me a “hater” as you so flippantly suggest. Oh contraire mon frere, this is a forum. People come to discuss hot topics and the like. If you don’t like me pushing hard facts about your “team Viagra” then don’t read. Just hope you have the stones required to come back in 6 months and admit you were a little premature in crowning this team. I fully expect you won’t but here’s to hope(exactly what this team is built upon). Until then meatball……

  17. lakerluver - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    I think it’s pretty safe to assume that before the LAKERS made one of the biggest trades in their history they did their homework. The LAKERS brain trust is brilliant! Dwight has been in Cali for months. The franchise knows exactly what’s going on. It’s the “sports talk doctors” and “smartphone GM’s” that don’t have a clue. Then you have the haters who are just hoping Dwight doesn’t come back healthy because they know what’s gonna happen if he does!!!

  18. mrlitl - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    @jerdog
    Umm…the Heat had a much maligned pep rally at which they did guarantee ships. Talk about the team and fans of LA all u want but don’t lie to make it sound good.

  19. danfrommv - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    I never liked the theory that “it doesn’t matter how you start”. Seeding is important in the playoffs. If you are the road team for 2 rounds (e.g. the 4th seed), it can really put you at a disadvantage. This team without DH is going to suffer defensively.

  20. exec3444 - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    I find it interesting how people can reference the Heat as an example of their failure to win a championship when they came together, as the path the Lakers will most certainly follow! But no wants to bring up how the Celtics blended Garnett, Allen, Pierce, and a host of other players that season and went on to WIN the Championship! History doesn’t always have to be read or projected one way! This jerdog fan, obviously has an axe of contempt toward the Lakers and the organization! His foolishness to suggest Nash and 30 points in the same sentence is ridiculous! The Lakers bench will finish in the bottom 10, and this isn’t subjective but fact. Hmmm, let’s see the acquisition of Howard came out of nowhere! Quietly the organization did its due diligence and got a deal. Howard doesn’t have to start the season, and if you look up Dr. Robert Klapper you will see he is one kf the country’s BEST Orthopedic surgeons!! His statement, was Howard will be come better than expected!! So mu h fir the gloom and doom!! The measure of this team will be in the playoffs! Should they make it to the finals, No one will care that Howard didn’t start the Season!! As for Kobe, one fact we do know, he wants to tie And surpass Jordan with Championships! So his being able to sacrifice to get one more ring is worth the bet!! Never sell Professional athletes short on be able to adjust to getting something they truly desire, something the average fan would never understand….

  21. niktendough - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Time will tell gentlemen time will tell

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