Dwight Howard Uncertain If He Will Be Available at The Start of the Season

The only risk in my mind about the Dwight Howard trade was his injured back. Back injuries are a tricky thing, just ask Tracy McGrady.

Don’t know if he was kidding or not, but Howard made a point of saying he still couldn’t run, which doesn’t bode well for his availability for the beginning of the season.

Dwight Howard is expected to miss the beginning of the 12-13 season as he recovers from his April back surgery, according to multiple sources.

“My health is great,” Howard said. “I’m getting a lot better and a lot stronger every day. I’m looking forward to the doctor saying you are free to play. I can’t wait for that day.”

During their Friday press conference, both Howard and Mitch Kupchak were optimistic that he could return before the opener.

“We’ll see what the doctor says,” Howard said. “If I’m ready for opening night I’ll be there but I’m not going to rush it. A back is very serious, so I’m going to take my time and make sure I’m 100 percent because I want to give everybody 100 percent. I want to give everybody everything I have.”