Dwight Howard Hopes to Play In Preseason While Rehabbing Back Injury

October 2nd, 2012 by Ian Hanford Leave a reply »
Dwight Howard's back is a lingering concern entering the 2012 NBA season, but it doesn't look like it's discouraging the All-Star center.

According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc J. Spears, Howard is hoping to get back onto the court a little sooner than expected:

Dwight Howard says he hopes to play in some preseason games after taking part in entire light @lakers practice but remains cautious.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 2, 2012 CBS Sports reporter Ken Berger piggybacked that news moments later:

Dwight Howard's target date seems to be a moving target. Asked today if he could play in Sunday's preseason opener, he said,"Hopefully."

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) October 2, 2012 This news comes days after Howard told Yahoo! Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski that he hopes to return for the Lakers' season opener on October 30 against the Dallas Mavericks. According to the Wojnarowski report, Howard's back is at 85 percent, but has "yet to engage in five-on-five or significant contact situations."

This latest from Spears doesn't make it sound like Howard was banging in the post in practice, but you ...

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