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Doctors clear Dwight Howard for full contact scrimmages

Oct 9, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol AP

More and more it looks like Dwight Howard will be there when the Lakers open the regular season.

That’s not guaranteed, but doctors have cleared him for full contact, 5-on-5 scrimmages, reports Mike Trudell at the official Lakers site. It’s a big step.

This does not mean Howard has been cleared for games, he is not playing for the Lakers Wednesday against Portland (their next preseason contest).

However, the next step is doctor clearance for a game. And if he is on the doorstep of that now, on Oct. 9, the odds he is ready for an Oct. 30 season opener against Dallas look really good.

If you need a reminder or spent the summer holed up fearing the end of the world like the Mayan predicted (actually, they didn’t), Howard missed the end of last season due to back pain and had surgery to repair the issue in April. He has been in recovery — and forcing his way out of Orlando — since then.

  1. lmvs2012 - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Alryt! Letzz! Rolllllll! LAKERS!

  2. papichulo55 - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Great news! Even better news will be to hear that the Lakers are all-healthy when the Playoffs start. To paraphrase, ‘Finishing the season is more important than starting the season’.

  3. lakerluver - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    :-)

  4. lakerluver - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Wow, that’s the best you got? Homophobic slurs? Priceless!! Meanwhile in LAKERS news, D12 will be patrolling the paint on opening night! The haters have been, and will continue to be, wrong at every turn!! I love it!!!!

    • donivantrip - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Arguing with laker fans like you is pointless and won’t get either of us anywhere. Just know that your opinions on basketball, well the lakers, are subjective, unrealistic, bias, delusional, and just fucking stupid. It makes no sense and it makes you look like a clown to other nba fans. And the fact that you always capitalize “lakers” makes you look like a bigger moron.

  5. cosanostra71 - Oct 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    He looked good in the videos of him practicing at the LAKERS’ facility, but just make sure to take it easy and come back at full strength. Better to miss time at the beginning of the year to get healthy than to miss time at the end.

  6. dal24la - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    So what happened to all the “experts” who said he wasn’t coming back till December or January? lol

  7. lakerluver - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    You are the delusional one, my friend. Everything I’ve said would happen HAS happened. You base your comments on your emotions because you lack intellect and the ability to form an unbiased, educated opinion. Thus, your sad need to resort to name calling. That is what little kids on a playground do. Or, cowards with a smartphone. You’ve probably been a coward your whole life, and this is the only forum where you feel empowered. I pity you and forgive you.

    • loungefly74 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      who was it? not that d-bag, hargis, right?

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        Nope. Too insignificant to mention. Moreso, I will not dignify his existence by naming the culprit.

      • loungefly74 - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        you’re right Foul…it doesn’t even matter. good judgement.

    • donivantrip - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      What have i said thats made me delusional? And don’t think you’re intelligent because you’re using big boy words, you’re the last thing from that. You’ve said so many unrealistic things and you’ve aggravated me to the point where I had to make an account to tell you how much of a idiot you look like when you post.

  8. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Prudence.

    Better be ready and healthy in the post season. No need to hurry at the moment. But if D12 is really okay and well, then go play Big Fellah.

    I wonder how all these Laker haters would have behaved had their respective team got instead all those banners the Lakers have hanging in their rafters?

    Freakin’ hypocrites.

  9. mytthor - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    I could read this one comment and call you the least educated member of the site. I hope you accidentally shoot yourself in your head on a hunting trip, you useless effing bigot.

    • sellahh - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      I could read this one comment and call you the most butthurt member of the site.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        “Uh, eh, er…Beavis….heh, heh, heh!”

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        * = valium

  10. jerdogthompson - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    I’m quite looking forward to D12 taking the floor. Don’t care for the Lakers but I will say it will be fun to see.

    My question is which one of the Laker faithfuls think 5 is all you need to make a championship? Plus, don’t think Perkins, gortat, Jordan, or any other player won’t test that back with Metta World Peace on Hardin style elbow to the back just to test it out for good measure won’t happen early on.

    Better hope and pray it all is golden this year as next year and beyond looks pretty bleak. But hey, keep on believing that’s what you all do best. Cheers.

    • therealhtj - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

      How cute, an OKC fan still living in fantasy land thinking that they’re the class of the west. Such a sweet little podunk living, inbred buffoon mentality. Really ought to be worrying about what his little hicktown team does next season once Harden’s gone. That’s really what these cousin-lovers should be discussing over road kill stew tonight.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Oct 9, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      Hmmm… I do remember that back in the mid 80’s, the winning Celtics would almost always have these five players on the court most of the time: Parish, McHale, Bird, Johnson, and Ainge. though I remember Bill Walton and Jerry Sichting pitching in as relievers.

      To answer your question, a solid 5 gives a tremendous edge. It’s a question of how durable they are for the long haul of the season.

  11. ezwriter69 - Oct 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Come on, NBC, you really let that kind of moronic hate speech go on your site?

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      They took it down already as soon as it was reported.

    • 1historian - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      if you want moronic hate speech watch msnbc.com

  12. proballerslounge - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    http://proballerslounge.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/who-did-the-monkey-jump-on-the-back-of-now/

  13. magicbucs - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Dwight’s still a liar and coward to most nba fans. So who really cares Kurt.

  14. 1historian - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    18 comments so far and

  15. 1historian - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    18 comments so far and not one of you has said anything about farts.

    Cut a good one while fighting for a rebound – that might win the whole enchilada.

    C’mon guys – you’re letting the rest of us down!!

    Let’s pick up the tone here!!

  16. 1historian - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Just imagine this if you can (It’s easy for me)

    2 seconds to go, 7th game, Heat up by 1, D-Wade takes a jumper, it misses.

    Howard and LBJ both go after it, Howard cuts a whopper (he had chili for dinner) LBJ falls down waving his hands in front of his nose, Howard gets the rebound throws it down to Kobe who throws a desperation jumber just in time, it hits.

    Lakers win!!

    Only under

  17. 1historian - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Just imagine this if you can (It’s easy for me)

    2 seconds to go, 7th game, Heat up by 1, D-Wade takes a jumper, it misses.

    Howard and LBJ both go after it, Howard cuts a whopper (he had chili for dinner) LBJ falls down waving his hands in front of his nose, Howard gets the rebound throws it down to Kobe who throws a desperation jumper just in time, it hits.

    Lakers win!!

    Only under THOSE circumstances will I ever – a Celtics fan – EVER be happy to see the Lakers win it all.

    Lighten up folks – the damn season hasn’t even started yet.

  18. omniusprime - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    That pain in the back Howard suffered was from being sick and tired of that pathetic Orlando Tragic management team who would never put a real team around him. Now Howard has a real team around him with Kobe mentoring him everyday. Going to be fun watching the Lakers win another championship this season. Go Kobe!!! Go Howard!!! Go Lakers!!!

  19. paulhargis53 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Foul. Those teams also had Cedric Maxwell, Gerald Henderson,
    Scott Wedman and Tiny Archibald among other very good role
    role players like M.L. Carr, Quinn Buckner etc. It wasn’t just
    the starting 5 plus a few others.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      True that, Paul. But back then when I was just some Clearasil kid with not much access to watching a lot of NBA games as I have now (and if I did get to watch, it had to be a Laker game) and my perception of the Celtics was basically this five and the “others.”

      But yeah, you’re right. Especially that Celtics ’83-’84 Championship team which held off a Lakers team that aimed to get rid of that leprechaun magic in a Game 7 Finals match.

      I guess what stuck more in my head was the season of that ’85-’86 Celtics Championship team. That year could have been another classic Lakers-Celtics battle… but Ralph Sampson’s Hail Mary follow up happened.

  20. eerock41 - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    the season still needs to be played. why do so many lakers fans think the rest of the nba is going to lay down and give the championship away? when Coward does hurt his back again be from a elbow or knee to the back who replaces him? i would love to watch this whole thing blow up in LA’s face, that would make for a great season.

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      As a Laker fan, I never assumed that banner 17 is as good as done and to be hanged in the rafters. But I like the team’s chances of getting it done.

      If your team had these players, wouldn’t you be excited too? I guess you wouldn’t say yes since it’s obvious that you’re a hater.

      But your points are valid as health and injuries are great concerns for the primary players. Howard at 27 is the youngest and the only 20-something in the starting five.

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