Dwight Howard danced to Gangnam Style to get his back of the couch

10/18/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The popular and kooky dance routine, Gangnam Style, which captivated the hearts and minds of music lovers from across the globe has been publicized to death over the past few months through spoofs and alternate videos over flowing the internet for the past few months. With dance parties, and even sports intermissions incorporating the catchy dance routine, it looks like the world could have finally run out of uses for the Gangnam Style but wait…Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has one more use for it up his sleeve.
You may remember that Dwight Howard displayed extreme flexibility and an incredible range of body motions as he got down to the Gangnam Style, on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Dwight Howard’s version even included the signature invisible horsey-ride and lasso throwing routine. Now, a recent acknowledgement by the All-Star center Dwight Howard proves that there’s more to why he’s such a big fan of the Gangnam Style.
“Gagnam style has helped me strengthen my core and lower back,” claimed Dwight Howard. “I’ve got a great PT program, but this dance has taken me to the next level.”
Dwight Howard underwent back surgery to repair a herniated disk during the offseason, but that wasn’t a big concern for the Los Angeles Lakers who traded for the 26-year-old without even verbally talking-out a long-term contract.
Immediately after the summer blockbuster trade, both the Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Dwight Howard revealed that there was no timetable on his return.  Mitch Kupchak even indicated that Dwight Howard could sit out the start of the regular-season.
However, Dwight Howard has come far since then, and the public stunt on the show was just a means to get his message through.
The three-time Defensive Player of the Year gave a strong performance at practices showing no signs of back issues, that includes an fierce dunk over hopeful Robert Sacre in the early stages of training camp.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown and shooting guard Kobe Bryant have been amazed by the dramatic improvement in Dwight Howard’s back condition.
 “Whatever he’s doing to get ready for the season, he should keep doing it,” suggested Kobe Bryant. “I’m not seeing any problems.”
However, Kobe Bryant isn’t so enthusiastic about the whole Gangnam Style routine. When Kobe Bryant was asked why he didn’t recently join in Dwight Howard for the dance routine during a break in action at one of Los Angeles Lakers’ preseason games against the Portland Trail Blazers, the 34-year-old’s words rang out clearly.
I don't ride horseys," replied Kobe Bryant.
That won’t stop Dwight Howard from pursuing another partner in crime. Jordan Hill is out with an injury that the Los Angeles Lakers estimate could take a few weeks of recover. And Dwight Howard’s suggestion to the ailing teammate would be?
“The only way to go is Gangnam Style,” declared Dwight Howard.
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