Dwight Howard Injury Update: Details Revealed

Throughout the Dwight-mare drama that went on all of last season was an injured Dwight Howard whose back injury did more than harm his back. Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times interviewed Dwight Howard who said that his back injury affected a nerve that affected his entire left leg.
"What a lot of people don't know is when I hurt my back, it affected my nerves to the point where my whole left leg just went dead basically," the Lakers center said Thursday. "I couldn't do a calf raise."
It took about two months for Dwight to raise his calf after the surgery.
"When I went to see the doctor right before I was traded, he said, 'Most guys don't recover as fast as you did, especially when it affects your nerve down your leg,' " Howard said. "It usually takes a year for your leg to regain strength."
Dwight has been reported to have been playing in his first full-contact practice recently but will not play in the Lakers' preseason game against the Utah Jazz. He will likely miss all of the preseason but Dwight himself hopes that he is ready for the regular season opener on October 30th.

Dwight offers his reasoning for not mentioning the spams and pain that he felt throughout the season as well.
"I had some issues early in the season and I just kept playing through it — some back spasms and things," he said. "I really didn't say anything. With all the stuff that was going on [his contract situation and possible trades], I just didn't want anybody thinking that I was trying to quit on my team or anything like that. Instead of me just sitting out, I just wanted to keep playing and show everybody that I was still with the team."
Dwight played 54 of the 66 games before getting surgery. How long he remains out is still unknown but the Lakers would need their new big man in the rotation as fast as possible after losing Bynum to obtain him. Gasol can likely hold the paint well enough but the addition of Dwight could do wonders to the team defensively. Last season Dwight averaged 20.6 points and a league-leading 14.5 rebounds to go with 2.1 blocks a game.

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