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Dwight Howard wants to be back for exhibition game

Oct 2, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard poses for photos during NBA media day for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in Los Angeles Reuters

This shouldn’t be about if Dwight Howard can play in a meaningless exhibition game. Nor should it be about Dwight Howard being ready to play for the Lakers on Oct. 30.

It’s about games in May and June. It’s about the next six years.

What the Lakers don’t want is Howard’s surgically repaired back to become a lingering, chronic thing.

Lakers doctors were comfortable with Howard getting out there and going through a full practice with the Lakers on Tuesday (although this was not a high contact practice. And that has Howard talking about playing in preseason games, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

“I don’t know the date when I’m going to return, but I’m looking forward to (today’s) practice to see how my body feels when I wake up,” Howard said. “We can only go by time right now and how I feel after practice. We’re not in a rush. These guys need me for the whole season and not a couple of preseason games.”

If Howard is healthy and ready to go, then he should play. But he needs to be 100 percent. Completely back. Do not rush this. The Lakers have title potential but they can’t screw it up worrying about preseason games.

  1. tcclark - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    I want to play in an exhibition game too… doesn’t mean i am

  2. rickkaler - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Wow Kurt ur really that threatened by what the lakers look like? Miami is going down!!!!!!

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:29 AM

      Kurt is a Lakers fan.

      And a Miami fan would encourage Dwight Howard to come back early, rather than encourage him to rehab to 100% instead of playing in meaningless pre-season games.

  3. magicbucs - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    He has to resign with the fakers if you want the fakers to worry about “the next 6 years” Kurt. Maybe they should just worry about him playing this year for now.

    • ocgunslinger - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      The team is called the Lakers you moron. Oh….maybe you are trying to be witty? If so you fail as usual.

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        It’s called the LAKERS!

  4. losangeleschargers17 - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Lakers, the complete opposite of a model franchise, 95% of the playing time on their roster goes to players not drafted by the organization. Their ‘fearsome’ starting 5 is made up of players acquired through trades, and except for metta he signed up with these clowns.

    • manchestermiracle - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      When you win lots of titles you don’t get high draft picks. Unlike other teams that win occasionally (or rarely) and then spend a decade getting back to the top, the Lakers find ways to stay at the top. Apparently your “model” organization is one that doesn’t have a savvy front office insuring the fans get a contender to cheer every year. Oh, yeah, I guess your name says it all. A doofus who hasn’t realized the Chargers moved to San Diego 51 years ago and won ONE title (1963, AFL). Now THAT’S a model franchise, right?

      • losangeleschargers17 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:43 AM

        I don’t think u know what the word ‘model’ means. In this context it is used as: One serving as an example to be imitated or compared. Thus no other team in the league can do what the Lakers have done to get similar results.

        And the Los Angeles chargers thing is about me being a charger fan who lives in L. A. So don’t try and make foolish assumptions.

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        “One serving as an example to be imitated or compared. Thus no other team in the league can do what the Lakers have done to get similar results.”

        You not only don’t know where the Chargers play, you’ve never heard of the Boston Celtics either. The Lakers (and Celtics, Spurs, Thunder, Heat, etc.) fill your “context” definition of a model quite well. The Chargers? Eh, not so much….

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        “In this context it is used as: One serving as an example to be imitated or compared”

        Well, I guess if the example you’re looking to imitate is one that has resulted in 16 NBA titles and over 30 Finals appearance, then the Lakers aren’t your first choice.

      • manchestermiracle - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:35 AM

        “Well, I guess if the example you’re looking to imitate is one that has resulted in 16 NBA titles and over 30 Finals appearance, then the Lakers aren’t your first choice.”

        Wow, even less sense than your previous post. Why wouldn’t any other team want to emulate one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports? If you want 16 championships in 31 finals appearances, to have missed the playoffs all of 5 times since 1948, been the first NBA team to 3,000 wins, be one of only three teams to never have lost 60 games in a season, still hold the NBA record of 33 straight victories….. who the hell else would serve as a model?

  5. lakerluver - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Dwight knows his body better than anyone. Basketball is how he makes millions of dollars, I really don’t think he’s going to do anything to jeopardize that. The dude is just hungry to get out on the court and shut up all the naysayers.

  6. paulhargis53 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Dwight knows his body better than anyone? Outside of you, right? I bet you’ve been over that 82 inches with a fine tooth comb….

    Manchester going to have to swoop in to defend you again, because you can’t fight your own battles?

    Ridiculous statement on your part. When it comes to injuries, especially the back, the injured is the least knowledgeable about it.

  7. lakerluver - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Of course you’re right, paulhargis53″tall. After all, aren’t you always? Smartphone sports “experts” crack me up!!

  8. paulhargis53 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Why do you even respond if that’s all you’re going to put out there?

    Didn’t you say you weren’t going too anyway?

    I am right. You don’t let the patient decide on an injury of this nature.

    You should really disappear off the site again. It was so pleasant not to see your inane drivel daily.

  9. lakerluver - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    If I disappeared your life would be even more meaningless than it is already, paulhargis530lbs. GO LAKERS, Baby!!!!

  10. paulhargis53 - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    You over value yourself. Manchester, malt, and several others are more than enough to occupy my penchant for wasting time. I laugh at each and everyone of you. You can’t help but respond, its just too funny.

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