"I don't know when he's coming back or whatever," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "As much as he's practicing, to me, he's back."
Howard was a full-go for Tuesday’s four-hour practice which included full-contact drills, and he followed this effort up by not missing a beat during the Lakers’ second day of practice on Wednesday.
McMenamin notes that there is one more hurdle remaining that Howard has to overcome before he can officially be considered “back.” The 26-year-old has yet to be cleared to participate in 5-on-5 full-court scrimmages. The Lakers will continue to re-evaluate him as he goes through early practices.