Dwight Howard Trade: Doctor Discusses Impact Of His Back Injury

One of biggest issues regarding the blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal wasn't what was given up to acquire the superstar center, but whether his health would be a factor in the upcoming season and into the future. Back surgery has forced Howard to miss the playoffs as well as this summer's Olympic Games, and Lakers fans are rightfully concerned about the short- and long-term health of their new star player.

Chief of spinal surgery at Cedar Sinai Dr. Lionel Hunt said on ESPN radio that Howard's health should not be a concern, especially when compared to the departed Andrew Bynum, currently undergoing treatment on his knees in Germany.

Hunt stated that Howard will be able to resume training and "basketball activity" in just a few weeks and that after a few months of recovery he should be ready to resume playing in games. The reason for optimism is that Howard suffered from an acute injury rather than a chronic one, which is what is plaguing Bynum's knees.

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