Everyone knows Dwight Howard has been playing through pain. Even before he tore the labrum in his shoulder, Howard was not quite 100 percent in his return from back surgery. But he played. And he struggled. And the Lakers struggled. Now, Howard says he could have sat out the entire season tot his point.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times says Howard feels the injury and recovery from back surgery would have been enough to justify him sitting out until now. Howard said he came back early because of the possibilities he saw with this team.
"Looking back on it, I could have sat out the whole season until now and starting playing now, but I just felt like we had such a great opportunity," he said. "Some of these guys, their windows for winning is very small and I just wanted to get back and try to do whatever I can to help this team, knowing that I wasn’t in great shape. My body wasn’t all the way there yet."
The Lakers had finally climbed back to .500, but they lost to the Thunder last night dropping them to a game under. Los Angeles is running out of time to make their push for the postseason. Part of the issue has been poor production, but the other part has simply been injuries.
In Howard's case, his back and shoulder have clearly affected his performance. He is averaging 15.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game. In his career, he has averaged 18.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.