Dwight Howard to Miss Training Camp and Preseason With Back Injury

A back injury is a very delicate thing, but it seems like Howard is taking a long time to heal from his surgery. No one really knows how injured he really is.

The Lakers need him to play as many games as possible to see how he is going to mesh with all of his new teammates, but doesn’t appear he will be ready any time soon.

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard will miss the start of training camp on Oct. 2 and the beginning of the preseason schedule starting Oct. 7 against the Golden State Warriors, the team announced Thursday. ESPN reported the day Howard was traded to the Lakers from the Magic that he would not be ready for the start of the season.

Howard began working with Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Dr. Judy Seto this week as he continues his rehabilitation from April back surgery. The Lakers’ training staff has been working alongside Howard’s personal trainer, Bryan Meyer, on his rehab, and Lakers officials told the team’s website on Thursday that there have been no setbacks to this point.