Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Dwight Howard Expected to Suit Up for Season Opener

Daniel BostonAnalyst IIAugust 27, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, CA - AUGUST 10:  Dwight Howard speaks after being introduced to the media as the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers during a news conference at the Toyota Sports Center on August 10, 2012 in El Segundo, California. The Lakers aquired Howard from Orlando Magic in a four-team trade. In addition Lakers wil receive Chris Duhon and Earl Clark from the Magic.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes violently shook the Los Angeles sports world as the Lakers acquired two of the NBA's biggest stars, while even the Dodgers just underwent a blissful blizzard of their own.

After a summer full of nail biting, groaning and eventual celebration, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard both landed in Hollywood, capping off a home-run filled offseason.

Now, Lakers' nation has only one heart gripping question remaining to be answered, or has it been already? 

Dr. Robert C. Klapper, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates, made a recent radio appearance on the Mason and Ireland show, which is hosted by ESPNLA 710.

The topic for discussion revolved around Howard's back, the short and short term effects of his injury and whether he would be ready to play come October 30, the Lakers' first game of the season.

While the basketball world fears the Lakers new star-studded lineup, most of them secretly wish for a crippled Dwight Howard to emerge upon his return.

Don't count on that happening.

The question was raised by John Ireland: "So, what's the normal time table for this kind of surgery and this kind of injury?"

To the City of Angles' delight, Dr. Klapper's response was full of heavenly melodies and ringing bells, while simultaneously, it became an all consuming fire, scorching the glimmering hopes of the outside world.

"Good question, four months. So, you basically got to shut him down and let it heal and then you rehabilitate him quickly. I really feel like he's going to be back for the first game with no worries."


"Really?! Say that one more time. You think he's going to be back..?"


"...He's going to be back for our first game wearing his uniform, and he is going to be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers with a great feeling back. You know everything takes a year to fully recover, but I think he will be back for the first game."


Santa Clause has given Los Angeles a shower of early gifts this summer, especially if Dr. Klapper's words hold weight. While he certainly left his mark last December with a bag full of coals, the Laker's are primed for numerous title runs and champagne baths in the near future.

Certainly you did not expect Dwight Howard to arrive on crutches, did you?

If you have not learned already, Superman never dies.

Kryptonite has said it's final goodbye for now, and Larry O'Brien's bling seems to be getting brighter with each passing day.


To listen to the full interview on ESPNLA 710, click here and fast forward to 19:02.