Dwight Howard Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Shoulder

Ethan GrantAnalyst IJanuary 23, 2013

Dwight Howard didn't need any more complications in what has already been a very complicated adjustment to playing alongside Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Howard reaggravated his torn labrum in the Lakers' showdown with the Phoenix Suns.


Update: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:51 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

As first reported on TNT's Inside the NBA, Dwight Howard will indeed start tonight against the Boston Celtics:


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Update: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:00 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, Dwight Howard is being listed as a game-time decision: 

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6:26 p.m. ET by Joseph Zucker

Despite still dealing with a sore shoulder, Dwight Howard will play tonight against the Boston Celtics, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski has since corrected himself, tweeting that Howard has missed the last three games.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1:40 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Dwight Howard (shoulder) is a game-time decision for tonight's contest against Boston despite participating in shootaround, according to The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 1:09 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

L.A. Daily News' Mark Medina has the latest on Dwight Howard's condition:

Even though he categorized his aggravated right shoulder as 'improving,' Dwight Howard said he won’t return when the Lakers play tonight against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.

He also wouldn’t say whether he would play Thursday when the Lakers visit the Boston Celtics.

'I’m not in any rush,' Howard said after sitting out of the team’s morning shootaround at New York Athletic Club. 'I don’t wan to reinjure it. I want to make sure it heals up...'

'...It’s my career,' Howard said. 'There’s no need for me to prove anything to anyone.'

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 12:20 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Dwight Howard (shoulder) will not play in tonight's game against the Brooklyn Nets, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 10:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

ESPN's Dave McMenamin has the latest on Dwight Howard's injury status from the Lakers center himself.

Howard is considered a game-time decision when the Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday because of a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder. Howard, who has missed four games this season because of his shoulder but has not missed any time from complications stemming from offseason back surgery, said he continues to battle with his health. 

'Well with my back you know, it's not all the way there, 75 percent,' Howard said. 'And with my shoulder, it's day to day. This is the first year recovering off of a back surgery. I really don't think people understand the severity of the surgery and the injury, and how long it takes to recover. Even sitting down in this chair right now is causing my legs to go numb, and just having this tingling sensation all the way down my legs. So, that happens when I'm playing. That happens when I'm just sitting on the bench for a couple minutes. It's not easy.'

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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11:32 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Dwight Howard (shoulder) will not play today when the Pistons host the Lakers, according to Lakers.com's Mike Trudell.

Dwight Howard later said that he would not rush his return back to the court, according to Orange County Register's Kevin Ding.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 5:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Dwight Howard will fight through the pain from his sore right shoulder and suit up for the Lakers' game against the Detroit Pistons. The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan reported the following: 

Lakers center Dwight Howard is expected to play Sunday against Detroit after making a quick trip to Los Angeles for a minor shoulder procedure.

Howard missed the Lakers' 111-100 victory Friday over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night so he could return home for a relatively non-invasive platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in his right shoulder.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3:27 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Howard Beck of the New York Times reports that Howard looks more on track to play for the Lakers in Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets, rather than on Sunday in Detroit, as reported by the Orange County Register's Kevin Ding.

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 1, at 3:41 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Howard is not going to remain with the Lakers during their current road trip; he's headed back to LA for additional treatment. Here's the report from Windhorst's Twitter account:

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UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 1, at 1:18 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to Yahoo! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Howard will miss tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4:50 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Howard's troublesome right shoulder underwent evaluation by Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, and the star center is currently listed as "day to day," per Lakers.com's Mike Trudell:

It's certainly good news that Howard did not do any serious damage to his shoulder. The streaking Lakers looked flat without his presence down the stretch against the Phoenix Suns, and will need all hands on deck as they try to get back into the playoff picture.

Nonetheless, one has to wonder whether this injury is one that will linger the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 31, at 12:48 a.m. ET by Michael Moraitis

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register (via Twitter) broke the news that Howard reaggravated his injury against the Suns:

Howard reinjured his shoulder when making contact with Suns guard Shannon Brown as the Laker big man tried to put back a rebound.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports posted this tweet after head coach Mike D'Antoni's interview with the press, giving fans some hope of a quick Howard return:

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UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 25, at 2:00 p.m ET by Sam Westmoreland

After being medically cleared yesterday, it looks like Dwight Howard is going to start tonight, according to Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni. Lakers.com writer Mike Trudell has the report

Getting Dwight back can only help the floundering Lakers, who have hardly lived up to expectations this season. However, it remains to be seen whether or not the talented center will be at 100 percent, or if the injury will hinder his performance in any way. Either way, his return figures to help the Lakers find the rhythm they've been lacking throughout this season.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:35 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com has the latest on Howard's status, and it's fantastic news for Lakers fans. The team will need all the help it can get in the midst of a four-game losing streak, and it seems as though D12 will contribute immediately:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 11:20 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Howard will have his right shoulder checked out upon his return to Los Angeles, but preliminary reports are positive:

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As reported by the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan, Howard headed to the locker room in the middle of the second quarter with what appeared to be pain in the same shoulder he tore his labrum in earlier this season:

Lakers reporter Mike Trudell later confirmed that Howard had re-aggravated his right shoulder and that he would not return against the Grizzlies Wednesday night:

Howard missed three games a couple weeks ago to a torn labrum, but returned on Jan. 14 as the Lakers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers are just 2-4 since his return and have dropped 10 of their last 12 overall.

Following his return, Howard admitted he was still playing through the injury. Said Howard, via ESPN, after his first game back against the Cavs:

It's still there, a piece is still torn from my bone but the biggest thing, like I told you guys a couple days ago, I don't want to aggravate it every night...That's why they asked me to sit down for a couple of games to regain some strength and come back when I don't have any pain.

It's a been a disappointing start to this week of action for the star center, as his comments following the team's 95-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls have sparked him to "bring it" to squash the team's most recent losing streak.

Before Wednesday night's game, Howard and teammate Kobe Bryant were also reportedly involved in a locker room confrontation, as reported by Mike Bresnahan.

Needless to say, this is yet another unwelcome development for the embattled star. After being expected to help lead this team to the NBA championship, Howard and the Lakers are now struggling to even make the playoffs.

Howard had two points, two rebounds and hadn't yet registered a field goal in 14 minutes at the time of the injury. He's put up 17.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game on the season coming into Wednesday, yet remains a popular culprit for the Lakers' 17-25 start.