In what is becoming a far too common theme for the Los Angeles Lakers, their season continues to hit lows.
Dwight Howard’s recurring shoulder problems is causing more problems as their season faces more disruption.
Howard is listed as day-to-day after he visited Thursday with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, making it unclear if he will be in the lineup when the Lakers (20-26) play tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-25)
Good news that Howard will not face surgery which would keep him out for up to six months.
“I’ve had two years of having injuries,” said Howard, who had back surgery last April.
“It’s not something that’s easy to deal with. I’m not going to lose my spirit. I’m going to do whatever I can to get my shoulder strong.”
The injury, which Howard described as “really saw” came in an incident in the defeat against Phoenix Suns when Shannon Brown blocked his shot, prompting Howard to fall on to the court before having to leave the game.
Howard said his shoulder felt just as painful when he initially injured the shoulder in the Lakers’ loss Jan. 4 to the Los Angeles Clippers when Caron Butler fouled him hard as he drove into the lane. Three days later, Howard received an MRI that revealed a shoulder tear. He sat out the next three games.
Kobe Bryant is another player who has had to deal with shoulder injury’s through his career had this to offer:
“I’m not worried about it. It’s going to be an all-season thing,” said Bryant, who has previously played with shoulder injuries.
“When you get banged like that going up, you’re going to get that stinging sensation.”