The Los Angeles Lakers are once agains the talk of the NBA, but they won’t be debuting their new jewel until at least the regular season. The Lakers have announced that Hollywood Howard won’t finish his rehab from back surgery in time to participate fully in training camp and thus will likely not be ready to start the preseason.
The fear in Los Angeles is that Howard won’t be ready for the season opener, and the Lakers are neither denying or confirming his status for the October 30th opener and don’t plan on giving a timetable for his return, but the Lakers can take it easy when it comes to Hollywood’s health.
It’s not like Dwight Howard’s injury and his slow recovery is going to throw a wrench in the Lakers machine. Remember, Andrew Bynum was the Lakers center and he wasn’t always the most healthy of centers during his tenure. The Lakers say Pau Gasol will be ready to play the middle when training camp opens, which will serve as a decent stop-gap until Hollywood Howard returns.
The question now becomes how good will Howard be when he does come back. He’s coming off of some pretty serious spinal surgery and it could take a while for him to get back to his Superman ways. But Lakers “fans” rarely care about talent in the early stages of the season, it’s all about flash and pizazz and with the likelihood of Howard not being in the lineup on Opening Night, the flash and pizazz will have to wait.
For how long will be what Lakers fans will be pining over until it happens.