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Dwight Howard: “Hopefully I’ll be back for some preseason games”

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

It’s just Lakers luck that Dwight Howard is closer to the court than Andrew Bynum.

Yahoo Sports reports that the Philadelphia 76ers opened their training camp without Bynum. The new 76ers center is coming off German knee treatment and will rest for the next three weeks. Bynum participated in a light workout and then hit the bench from the remainder of the practice to see how the other half-lives.

Meanwhile, the new Los Angeles Lakers center, Howard ran offensive drills with Steve Nash, played 1-on-1 against Pau Gasol and tried out the Princeton offense system with new teammate Kobe Bryant.

The 76ers are hopeful that Bynum will return in time for their Oct. 31 opener against the Denver Nuggets.

In LA, Howard is now considering playing in a couple exhibition games before the Lakers first regular season game on Oct. 30 against the Dallas Mavericks.

Howard cannot engage in true 5-on-5 contract at this point but ESPN reports that Howard was involved in contact situations of 2-on-2, 3-on-3 and 1-on-1.

The All-Star isn’t having any problems with offensive drills. Power Forward Gasol reports that Howard participated in the same workout as his teammates did.  Gasol explains that, “He worked just as much as everybody else, so that was good. I didn’t expect that to happen today.”

Howard explains that he’s very happy with his progress:

“Hopefully, I’ll be back for some preseason games,” Howard said. “I think we’re going to need it for chemistry and all that stuff. But, like I said, I’m not going to rush it. I’m going to continue to practice. We’ve had some great practices. Today was really good, so I’m happy.”

Head Coach Mike Brown says that “Whenever he’s ready, he’ll be ready. It’s our trainers’ jobs. Our trainers do a terrific job of it. They’re out here the whole practice and if they feel they need to pull him out of it, they’ll pull him out.”

Some good news for coach Brown, after practice, Howard commented that he thinks Brown is a “great coach.”