Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, reports that league sources told Yahoo that Howard is determined to play against the Mavericks. Howard’s progress in recent weeks has “strengthened the possibility.”
The sources are stated that “Howard has privately indicated his back has returned to 85 percent strength.”
According to Yahoo, “Howard has been working with Lakers coaches and trainers at the team’s practice facility, and has shown an increased range of motion, but has yet to engage in five-on-five or significant contact situations.”
In April of this year, Howard had back surgery on a herniated disc. The surgery would end his playoffs aspirations. He will require his Doctor’s clearance in order to fully take part in the Lakers training camp. The Lakers open their training camp on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Howard and Kobe Bryant appeared on the daytime talk show The Ellen Show, to promote their upcoming season.