Howard Could Have Missed Entire Season?
Did Dwight Howard rush back into the Lakers’ lineup?
He had back surgery last April, was traded to the Lakers in August and started his comeback by playing two exhibitions in October. He tried not to second-guess it Tuesday a few hours before his 55th regular-season game.
“Looking back on it, I could have sat out the whole season until now and starting playing now, but I just felt like we had such a great opportunity,” he said. “Some of these guys, their windows for winning are very small, and I just wanted to get back and try to do whatever I can to help this team, knowing that I wasn’t in great shape. My body wasn’t all the way there yet.”
He had only six points on one-for-seven shooting and took 16 rebounds in the Lakers’ 122-105 loss Tuesday to Oklahoma City.