Dwight Howard's play this season has been a huge reason for the lackluster performance by the Los Angeles Lakers, and if history is any kind of proof, it could be a long time before he's back to playing like his old self, if he ever does get back to that point.
Howard spent the offseason recovering from back surgery after a herniated disc was discovered as the source of his pain at the end of last season.
Of course, after a tumultuous summer, Dwight eventually ended up with the Lakers and even got to play in a few preseason games and the season opener. Things couldn't have looked better for Dwight.
He looked a little bit sluggish out of the gate, possibly overly cautious at times.
The thunderous dunks weren't there, he was losing guys on defense and he was visibly unable to trek up and down the court with some of the younger, faster guards. In short, he didn't look right.
The narrative was that he was still recovering, that pain after back surgery isn't something that just goes away; it's something that has to be remedied bit by bit.
We continued to wait, and Dwight continued to look as if there were a few bricks in ...
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