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Dwight Howard advised that shoulder surgery won’t be necessary

May 1, 2013, 8:39 PM EST

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The Lakers finally got some good news on the injury front three days after their season ended, when it was announced on Wednesday that Dwight Howard would not require surgery on his right shoulder.

Howard was diagnosed with a torn labrum after originally suffering the injury on Jan. 4, and missed a total of six games (in two separate three-game stretches) because of it.

Despite returning earlier than expected from back surgery last summer, those were the only six games Howard missed all season. He was looking much more like his former Defensive Player of the Year self over the last couple of months of the season, and the pain he was dealing with in the shoulder seemed to taper off over time, or, at the very least, Howard showed no visible signs that it was an issue.

Howard averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocked shots in 35.8 minutes per game this season. As you might have heard, he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, and has said more than once that he’ll take his time pursuing all of his options before deciding whether or not he wants to return to the Lakers.

  1. patfic15 - May 1, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    What about a heart transplant?

    • deshackle - May 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Dwight Howard is the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.

  2. misterdreamer119 - May 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    He lost his spine during the back surgery too. Oh wait hes never had a backbone.

  3. franklinandbashandflorio - May 2, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    Glad his torn labia is alright.

  4. biggame28 - May 2, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    he needs to be more concerned about his year and a half long menstruation.

  5. supremekingz - May 2, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Haters gonna hate.

    Come to the Hawks.

    • showtimeluver - May 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      @supreme, most of these clowns on this site are hypocrites. They know if Dwight was considering signing with their favorite team they would be giddy. Even with his “stuff” he took a terrible Magic team to the Finals. Dude can get 20-14-3 in his sleep. No, he’s not Shaq or Hakeem, and never will be. But a franchise can win with him.

  6. timmylaz99 - May 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Million dollar skills – $10 dollar brain!

    • mytthor - May 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Good thing he’s not a professor.

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