The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced that Dwight Howard will miss the beginning of training camp and the preseason, which begins October 2nd and October 7th, respectively. To those that understand back injuries, this isn’t a revelation as it takes some time to recover fully from something as serious as a back issue.
To an athlete, due to the strain exerted physically on a consistent basis, particularly a player that needs to box out other tall and strong players, this injury is something that needs to be carefully monitored and not rushed back from. The chance of re-injury for Dwight Howard becomes more of a possibility if he comes back too quickly and the Lakers and its fans don’t want that to happen.
From ESPN LA:
Howard began working with Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Dr. Judy Seto this week as he continues his rehabilitation from April back surgery. The Lakers’ training staff has been working alongside Howard’s personal trainer, Bryan Meyer, on his rehab, and Lakers officials told the team’s website on Thursday that there have been no setbacks to this point.
It’s a smart move for the Lakers to protect their investment in Howard, even if it’s only one season at this point. The organization has to think and plan for D12 to eventually take the mantle of team icon when Kobe Bryant eventually retires. A re-injuring of the back can set back any plans of that, so caution is the right way to go.