Dwight Howard re-aggravated his shoulder injury in the 4th quarter in Wednesday night's loss to the Phoenix Suns. Howard initially injured his shoulder against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 4th, then re-aggravated it when the Lakers played the Memphis Grizzlies January 23rd. It was an extremely deflating night for the Lakers, who had their three game winning streak snapped by a 16-30 team to begin their 7 game road trip.
"Six months," Howard said. "I'd rather live with it than have six months out again. That'd be two summers in a row, so I don't want that."
Instead he hopes to play through the injury. As Howard describes it, the labrum in his right shoulder is intact but torn away from the bone.
"Will it heal?" Howard said. "I hope so." - Eric Pincus, Los Angeles Times
The shoulder is clearly going to be a recurring nightmare for the Lakers to deal with, but the alternative of Howard opting for surgery would be the final nail in the coffin on a season that continues to slip away. No definitive updates have emerged yet, but Mike D'Antoni had this to offer in regards to Dwight's injury.
D'Antoni on Dwight's shoulder: "My understanding is, it hurts, it'll go away in a couple of days and he can play."— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 31, 2013