The anticipation surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers latest superstar acquisition, Dwight Howard, has begun to grow as the day of his debut inches closer. When Howard first had his back surgery towards the end of last season, to repair a herniated disk in his back, the expectation was that he would not be back until at least a month into the season, but the Lakers, and Howard, held out hope for a quick return. And it seems that both parties were right.
Rumors have begun to swirl that, behind close doors, Howard is beginning to talk more and more about a return, and soon. Publicly Howard has stated, ” I just need to get out there and get my feet wet.” He elaborated further by saying that following his, “first dunk and first block, I’ll be ok . I’ll be a little nervous out there for the firs time.”
Additionally in a warning to those crazed Lakers fans who will be expecting a huge performance from Howard almost every night, Howard said, in his debut, not to expect 45 points and 40 rebounds or anything like that. With the sort of talent that the Lakers now possess it is possible that Howard could have a huge night once in a while, maybe not a 45 and 40 night, but big nonetheless.
Still, though many Lakers fans will be worried when Howard first steps foot onto a basketball court in a Lakers uniform. There is always the chance that, with a back injury, any little tweak could send Howard to the bench, and the Lakers season into a whirlwind. But those fans should be rest assured that the Lakers medical staff, one of the best in the NBA, will not allow Howard on the court unless he is 100% healthy. A possibility that is looking more and more likely to happen sooner, rather than later.
DON’T FORGET TO FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @NBAINSIDERINFO