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Lakers don't know when Howard will play

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08:08 AM ET 09.12 | Now that Dwight Howard's in the fold, Lakers fans have to wonder when they'll see him. On the court. In real games. The Lakers don't know either, but they're starting to get a better idea. Details are scarce and Lakers spokesman John Black declined to comment, but Howard on Monday had his first hands-on session with Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Judy Seto at the team's training facility in El Segundo. Howard is rehabilitating after April 20 spinal surgery, and no one has been ready to commit to a day, week or even month when Howard will make his Lakers debut. But the level of mobility and strength Howard is already showing has to be encouraging for anyone hopeful he'll be jumping for that opening tip-off Oct. 30.

The Orange County Register

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September 12, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Nothing to see here.........Lakers knew this going in.



Move along...

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September 12, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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exactly....and morning sir

Morning Slic3

September 12, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Believe, the Lakers have a clear understanding as to when Howard will play. If Howard indicates that he's healthy enough to play at the beginning of the season, he'll play. The Lakers don't make that trade for Howard if they felt the team was chasing damaged goods. If I'm betting, Howard will be the court during season tip-off or immediately within two games.

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September 12, 2012  11:00 AM ET

UP UP AND AWAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 12, 2012  11:39 AM ET

Looks like he's become a Broke-Back Mountain.

/rimshot

September 12, 2012  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Looks like he's become a Broke-Back Mountain./rimshot

Bahaha

September 12, 2012  11:58 AM ET

So long as Howard is playing by mid season, they should have him in good shape by playoffs.

September 12, 2012  12:40 PM ET

Every doctor interviewed almost guaranteed that he should be in playing shape by the opening tip off - non story

September 12, 2012  01:07 PM ET

I thought Shaq was Superman. Howard is like the 99 cent knock off.

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September 12, 2012  01:55 PM ET
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I thought Shaq was Superman. Howard is like the 99 cent knock off.

That's probably why he's been spending time in China.

 
September 12, 2012  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Lakers better hope that his back is healed and that it won't be a reccuring injury. Or else they've wasted of letting Bynum go for nothing...

I think they are better off without Bynum, period.

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