When Will Dwight Howard Return (Healthy)?

9/1/12 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

It's already known that Dwight Howard, recovering from offseason back surgery, will miss at least the first 4-6 weeks of the regular season. Assuming the Lakers want to be cautious with his back, Howard will likely miss around 6-7 weeks of the regular season as back surgery is not something to take lightly. 

The Lakers will be playing with Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol in their front-court to begin the season, which will almost certainly be more than capable of holding down the fort. Pick-and-roll with Gasol and Steve Nash will be a thing of foreign beauty that Laker fans have not seen since the Showtime Era. 

August 10, 2012; El Segundo, CA, USA;   Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard holds his jersey during a press conference held to introduce the three-time defensive player of the year who they aquired in a four-team trade from the Orlando Magic. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIREHoward's healthy presence, however, is essential for the Lakers to succeed. And by succeed, I mean championship or bust. Dwight's defensive prowess is what the Lakers were hoping to gain by acquiring the disgruntled center as Andrew Bynum lacked effort and energy on the court every other night. A consistent defensive presence in the paint as well as an athletic, lob-catching, fierce dunker is exactly what will separate the Lakers from the rest of the league. 

With a healthy Howard, the Lakers will have the most feared front court in basketball. They will arguably have the most talented back court in the league with Nash and Kobe Bryant. The bench has also improved with the additions of Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks and Earl Clark.

The Western Conference is stacked with talent and the Lakers will have their hands full at the top of the conference (Thunder, Spurs, Grizzlies) even within their own building (Clippers). Dwight will most likely make his first appearance sometime toward the end of December at the rate he is recovering in rehab, however, if he returns at full strength, the Lakers will undoubtedly need to overcome some initial unfamiliar territory. 

Without the benefit of practice time with the team, adjusting the the tendencies of Kobe and Nash with Gasol joining him on the block will take time. The Lakers hope that with the 82-game season, there will be just enough time to convince Howard that this is his preferred long term destination as well. Rust will be evident in Howard's game when he eventually returns because he is known as a fitness freak, but the intensive rehabilitation program is most likely not cutting it. 

Whenever he returns, Howard will need to adjust quickly and on the fly in order for the Lakers to have a shot at the title this season. 
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9/2/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

silvano07 wrote:
Bynum had an understanding with the Lakers management that he will be traded just for this season and pretends that he will join the sixers for the next 5 years (its just a front for both Bynum and the Lakers management), but in reality, Bynum will come back to the Lakers next year along with Dwight..... that is expected..... we will have the best five (Dwight (C), Bynum (PF), Pau Gasol (SF), Nash (PG), and Kobe (SG). That's expected after this season!

I truly hope you are wrong.  Bynum is the classic under-achiever.  Wrote him off after the hard foul on Barea in Dallas and stripping off his jersey as he exited the floor.  Ugh!  I do hope you are wrong.  Good riddance.  

Also, he was dissing on Kareem.  Kareem himself said Bynum didn't have that drive to keep learning.  He learned a few moves then said... I got it!  Yeah right.  Last thing we need is Bynum to come back and work on his 3 point shot!  lol

9/1/12   |   silvano07

diversity626 wrote:
The Lakers will regret trading Bynum for Howard.

Bynum had an understanding with the Lakers management that he will be traded just for this season and pretends that he will join the sixers for the next 5 years (its just a front for both Bynum and the Lakers management), but in reality, Bynum will come back to the Lakers next year along with Dwight..... that is expected..... we will have the best five (Dwight (C), Bynum (PF), Pau Gasol (SF), Nash (PG), and Kobe (SG). That's expected after this season!

9/1/12   |   silvano07

PurrsAlot wrote:
Howard actually plays defense.  Don't think they will miss Bynum's weak work ethic and lack of defensive presence. 

Bynum had an understanding with the Lakers management that he will be traded just for this season and pretends that he will join the sixers for the next 5 years (its just a front for both Bynum and the Lakers management), but in reality, Bynum will come back to the Lakers next year along with Dwight..... that is expected..... we will have the best five (Dwight (C), Bynum (PF), Pau Gasol (SF), Nash (PG), and Kobe (SG). That's expected after this season!

9/1/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

diversity626 wrote:
The Lakers will regret trading Bynum for Howard.

Howard actually plays defense.  Don't think they will miss Bynum's weak work ethic and lack of defensive presence. 

9/1/12   |   PurrsAlot   |   1604 respect

I believe it's more the other way around, the Lakers adjust to his presence in the paint and let him occupy as much space as he can as he is feeling better and better.  Howard knows the paint it doesn't matter show he plays with in that regard.  And he will be taking feeds from Nash, Kobe and Gasol.  Pick and roll time galore.  Basketball basics.

9/1/12   |   diversity626

The Lakers will regret trading Bynum for Howard.