Lakers Center Dwight Howard is Back

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard continued to show no signs of being limited by his surgically repaired back, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:


"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.

Howard was acquired by the Lakers in August in the mega four-team trade that also involved Andrew Bynum and Andre Iguodala. Over eight seasons in the NBA Howard has averaged 18.4 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.

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