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No surprise, but Dwight Howard officially out through first exhibition game

Sep 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

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Since it is possible he will miss the start of the season, it is not a shock that he is going to miss the start of training camp and the first exhibition game. Frankly, it was expected.

But it is now official — Dwight Howard will not be ready to go for the Lakers first exhibition game, Oct. 7 in Fresno against Golden State, the Lakers announced on Thursday (hat tip to the OC Register).

You know Howard is bummed because nobody wants to miss out on a free trip to Fresno.

Howard has just begun workouts with longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti. No date is set for Howard’s return. The Lakers have said they wanted Howard to go slow and be 100 percent before he comes back. Which is the smart thing to do — it’s not about games in November it’s about games in June for the Lakers. They need him all the way back

Howard had back surgery after having to end last season early for the Orlando Magic due to back pain.

  1. glink123 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Can’t wait to hate this mofo this season. Go Bulls.

  2. krazytrane - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Why wait? It is just as fun to hate him now, trust me.

  3. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    You two losers deserve each other. Hate all you want, D12 will return healthy and well rested just in time for the LAKERS to make a run at ANOTHER title.

    • eerock41 - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Howard is a loser, and anyone that thinks he will be ok with being a defensive player is a fool. All i can say is let the hack a shaq, opps i mean Howard start.

  4. tsi431 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    In the NBA it doesn’t matter if you are seeded #1 or #8. You will end up playing the Thunder and Spurs, in order to make it to the NBA championship. As long as the Lakers make the postseason, and Howard is healthy for the playoffs, I don’t care if the Lakers are the 8 seed.

  5. magicbucs - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Dwights still a coward. He won’t be in LA after this season.

  6. hwatt - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    whoa, interesting to see how d12 is so polarizing. Now that the drama is over for now, I kinda want to see IF they can pull it off. No physical activity for Dwight means the Lakers won’t be on their true ‘A’ game until… well the playoffs I guess. Then after coming ‘so close’ to beating the Thunder but failing, Dwight could resign and be the new anchor for the Lakers. That’s clearly the GM’s hope… should be interesting!

  7. omniusprime - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    So funny to see the spoiled sport crybabies whining about Howard leaving Orlando for a much better shot at a title with the Lakers and Kobe Bryant. Sorry Orlando Tragic crybabies but if the clueless management had bothered to put a good team around Howard he’d still be there and maybe you’d have some championship banners hoisted in your loser’s arena. Snivel all you want losers and watch as Howard gets his rings with Kobe and the Lakers this June.

    If anyone can get Howard back in playing shape it’s Gary Vitti, the greatest trainer in pro sports.

    Go Lakers!!

  8. mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    The Lakers have proven before that they can’t just turn it on for the playoffs. Remember the fiasco with Shaq delaying surgery because he wanted to enjoy his summer rather than rehab?

    One reminder to Lakers fans–In order to win in June, you must first be PLAYING in June. Even the Lakers don’t get an free pass into the conference finals or the pretentiously named The Finals. Look at the last two years.

    Finally, a memo to Dwight–Ditch the glasses. I’m not sure you can read anyway.

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