Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers re-aggravated his right shoulder once again, this time hurting it on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns. There was fear that he could be lost for an extended period of time but Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has the report.
Day-to-day is better than “out for the season.” But Howard has to be careful. This is the third time he’s hurt his shoulder. That injury, along with his recently surgically repaired back, may hold Dwight Howard back even more when it comes to his athleticism. Howard did play from the beginning of the season, when he wasn’t expected back until maybe December. However, he missed three games earlier in the month due to that shoulder. He’s held off on surgery as that could knock him out for the rest of the season.
Howard hurt the shoulder in the fourth quarter when he tried to explode to the basket as Shannon Brown knocked the ball out of his hands. That injury took him out for the rest of the game and the Lakers would eventually lose to the Suns. Howard initially tore his labrum against Denver at home in January 6th. As mentioned, he missed three games after that even though there was fear he would miss the rest of the season. But as of now, it will likely be a gametime decision against Minnesota on Friday night.
Dwight Howard is averaging 16.5 points and 11.9 rebounds (leads the league) as well as 2.4 blocks per game this season. He was voted into the All-Star game this season; it will be his 7th time making the midseason exhibition. He was traded to the Lakers in the offseason in that four-team blockbuster deal that involved the Denver Nuggets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Orlando Magic, and the Lakers. The Lakers gave up Andrew Bynum to get Howard.