HoopsHype Dwight Howard rumors


March 12, 2015 Updates

The current list of sidelined NBA stars is sobering—Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Paul George, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Steve Nash—but it is not the worst season on record. Not even close, according to Jeff Stotts, who tracks injury trends on his website, InStreetClothes.com. Stotts' data indicates that this season will, in fact, end up falling below the average for the last 10 seasons. Through the 60-game mark, NBA teams had lost 3,165 player-games to injury, putting the league on pace for 4,326 games lost this season. That's below the 10-year average of 4,577 and well short of last season's mark of 4,989 games lost. Bleacher Report

March 10, 2015 Updates

Dwight Howard said he was already more “explosive” than at any time this season as he continues his rest and recovery from knee problems “Every workout has been super tough,” Howard said. “They have been trying to push me to the extreme so that I will be better than being in game shape. I will be in better shape than that. they are trying to test my limits to see how far I can go each day. “I won’t let anything hold me back. I’ve been injured before. I’ve had worse injuries than this. I’m going to continue to work hard. I just look forward to getting back on the floor to dominate.” Houston Chronicle

March 9, 2015 Updates

Rockets center Dwight Howard has begun on-court rehabilitation, considered the important next step in coming back from his knee edema. “He’s got to get on the floor and get some up-and-down on the floor,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I’m not talking with the team; I’m just talking with himself. He just started doing a little of that. We have to see how his knee tolerates that. He ran on the treadmill (at full body weight) for a few days and that felt pretty good. Houston Chronicle

While there was plenty of blame to go around, the bottom line is that when the relationship breaks, things go into the crapper at warp speed and there is little chance of fixing it. For the Nuggets, it seems likely that major changes will result from this. Good chemistry is almost impossible to pull from a bad situation like this one. A new coach will naturally want to remake the roster, so look for the Nuggets to be bad for a while. It’s a shame for a team that was so close to getting over the hump. The team didn’t contend again in LA until they reworked the roster after getting Shaq and Kobe. In Orlando, the Magic weren’t good again until they gutted the roster and built around Dwight Howard. SheridanHoops

March 8, 2015 Updates
March 5, 2015 Updates

Rockets center Dwight Howard’s “checkup” with the team physician, including an MRI, confirmed the team’s confidence that Howard is progressing “on schedule,” a person with knowledge of the process said, though reports from his workouts remain the most important measures of his progress. Wednesday marked four weeks since Howard’s bone marrow aspirate injection, but Dr. Walter Lowe said last month that he expected the time out to be the key to healing the edema that had built up on Howard’s right knee, rather than the procedure. Houston Chronicle

March 4, 2015 Updates
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February 26, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant: I tried teaching Dwight. I tried showing him. But the reality is that when you have a perception of what it is to win a championship — and most perceptions of what it's like to win are a very outgoing, very gregarious locker room where you pick each other up and you're friends all the time. That's the perception. And I think that's what his perception was of what the idea is. But when he saw the reality of it, it made him uncomfortable. And it's very tough to be able to fight through that, to deal with that challenge. And I don't think he was willing to deal with that uncomfortable and combative nature. USA Today Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates
February 9, 2015 Updates

Dwight Howard might not be on the court playing with the Rockets, but the center is getting plenty of work in. Howard, who is out with edema in his right knee, said that he was given a 6-8 week time frame to rest and rehab before returning to the Rockets. He will be re-evaluated before that time and Dr. Walt Lowe said he could return earlier. It all depends on how much pain Howard is in. Howard has been doing strengthening exercises and workouts on an underwater treadmill at the Toyota Center since having a bone marrow aspirate injection last week. “I have been working out in the pool a lot, on a bike, some things to strengthen my leg,” Howard said. “Right now, I feel pretty good.” Houston Chronicle

February 8, 2015 Updates
February 4, 2015 Updates

Dr. Walt Lowe, of the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute, believes Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard can return to action in plenty of time to be ready for the playoffs, if not well before. Lowe conducted a bone marrow aspirate injection on Howard's sore right knee on Wednesday. The team announced that Howard will be re-evaluated in four weeks. "I would certainly expect him before the playoffs," Dr. Lowe said in an interview with FOX26 Sports. "I hope we have quite a few games before the playoffs. I really expect him to recover and play again this season." FOX 26 Sports

Dr. Lowe said the goal of the injection is to help Howard recover faster. He said there is nothing structurally wrong with Howard's knee. "It's a biologically-active injection that helps almost anything and everything heal in the knee," Dr. Lowe said. "We took some bone marrow out of his pelvis. It gives us some young, very strong platelets with a lot of healing factors. I think his prognosis is great. This is something we did (Wednesday) to try to hasten the recovery time." FOX 26 Sports

February 3, 2015 Updates
February 1, 2015 Updates

The Houston Rockets are bracing for the loss of Dwight Howard for at least a month due to persistent trouble with his right knee, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets, while confident that Howard ‎has enough time to bounce back for the regular-season stretch run and playoffs, fear their defensive anchor will be lost for a period of "weeks" as opposed to days. ESPN.com

Howard is still in the process of getting additional consultation from various doctors to determine the best treatment course for the knee. Yet sources told ESPN.com that the Rockets already acknowledge that a period of rest "likely measured in weeks" will be the minimum requirement before their defensive anchor is ready to the return to the lineup. But sources say Houston nonetheless remains confident that Howard will be able to come back "in plenty of time" to ramp up for the postseason, even if the absence stretches into the six-weeks range. ESPN.com

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