Dwight Howard's Shoulder Is Okay, But He'll Be Injured All Season

1/31/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Jan. 30, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard reacts on the bench after suffering an injury in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 92-86.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsDwight Howard went down against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night's game, clutching his already injured shoulder, and he didn't return.

He's had a labral tear in his shoulder all season, but it hasn't fully healed and it won't until the end of the season when he can rest it.


Luckily for the Los Angeles Lakers, he can still play even with the tear. Trainer Gary Vitti assessed the injury on Thursday and determined that the shoulder is just sore, but no further damage has been done, though he did list the center as day-to-day.

Kobe Bryant commented on the injury saying that he and Lamar Odom bot played through that kind of injury before, and it's just something Dwight will have to deal with.

Dr. Klapper, of ESPN LA, came onto the Max and Marcellus show and explained that the difference between Dwight's labral shoulder tear and Jordan Hill's labral hip tear was that there were fragments floating around in the hip, so surgery was necessary to remove them. 

With Dwight, there are no fragments, so he can keep playing.

Hopefully this doesn't make him play less aggressively and he can put it out of his mind, though it almost definitely will affect him..

It's going to be a long season for Dwight, but at least he can still play for now.  

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