Tweet of the Night goes to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports for quoting Dwight Howard on the status of his ailing back. As you can see in the tweet above, the back issues that prevented the most dominant center to miss this past season’s playoffs is far from a thing of the past. Howard had missed a grand total of seven games in the first seven seasons of his career before missing 17 games last season, including the playoffs.
Mark Medina of Los Angeles Times detailed the situation: “He admitted uncertainty on whether he could play in the season opener Oct. 30 at Staples Center against the Dallas Mavericks because of his surgically repaired back.”We’ll see what the doctor says,” Howard said. “I’m not going to rush it. My back is very serious. I’m going to take my time and makre sure I get back 100%. I want to give everybody 100%. Howard added doctors haven’t offered any timetable.”
Howard may or may not be ready to start the 2012-2013 season, but his early absence shouldn’t hurt the Lakers too much, given the fact that they can still rely on the likes of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol until Howard is fully ready to return. Once he does return, the league will have to deal with one mighty troublesome team. Be sure to take our poll on how many games the Lakers may win next season.