Dwight Howard can barely keep himself on the court this season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's already eyeing a possible Olympic roster spot for 2016. Howard has been battling a torn labrum in his shoulder, and he has been trying to get his back right all season after surgery last summer.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Howard was asked about the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He said there was "no doubt" he wanted to play. Howard missed the 2012 Summer Olympics because of his back.
The Olympics are still a long ways off, and there is no guarantee Howard will be healthy, but at least whoever coaches the Olympic team knows they have a volunteer at center. Right now, though, the Olympics don't matter. The Lakers are one game under .500 and quickly running out of time to get into the playoffs.
Howard has had a rough year in the media and on the court. His often lackadaisical attitude draws heat from fans and media and Kobe Bryant, but he has also been far less productive this season. Obviously, the injuries have contributed to these production issues. Howard is averaging 16.2 points and 11.9 rebounds per game this season.
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