The newest face to the Los Angeles Lakers has yet to be able to join his team. Instead, he's been relegated to a cheerleader role from the bench. There was talk of Dwight Howard being able to return and join the team on the court during preseason, but now it seems that may not happen and Howard may not be back until the regular season.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Howard is on track to return for the regular season, but he has backed off the possibility that he could return during the preseason season.
"I'm on track (to return), but my goal wasn't to play (in) a preseason game," said Howard, who continues to recover from offseason back surgery. "My goal is to win a championship. That's what we're shooting for."Howard was traded to the Lakers in the offseason as part of a deal that sent Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers, Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, and six other players to the Orlando Magic. It was a blockbuster trade that everyone saw coming. Howard had not been happy in Orlando for quite some time.
During the offseason, Howard underwent back surgery and he is still recovering from the surgery. The goal was to have him return for the regular season, but his recovery was going well, and Howard hinted at a possible preseason return. His presence down low will help the Lakers defensively and on the boards, but they may have to wait until the regular season starts to experience the lift Howard can provide.