Dwight Howard told the media on Friday night that he may not be ready for the L.A. Lakers' opening night due to continued recovery from back surgery. He said that there's no timetable to get back into action, but that he hasn't lost any weight due to inactivity and hopes to be back in time to start the season with his new club.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak also said the team consulted with Howard's back surgeon, who said that once Howard is back in action, he should be as healthy as he'd been before the back surgery. Howard's new teammate Steve Nash has also dealt with back issues throughout his career. Kobe Bryant's ailments are typically associated with the knee.
If Howard is late joining L.A, coach Mike Brown will have plenty of options with Pau Gasol, Antawn Jamison, Jordan Hill and Earl Clark under contract.