Noah Levick: Four Sixers are listed as questionable for tomorrow night’s game vs. Golden State: George Hill (right thumb surgery) Tobias Harris (right knee soreness) Seth Curry (left hip flexor tightness) Dwight Howard (left knee soreness)
Ky Carlin: Tobias Harris is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s matchup with the Clippers due to right knee soreness. Dwight Howard is also questionable due to left knee soreness. George Hill remains out. #Sixers
Lakers Nation: Dwight Howard is out today* with a sore right knee. Frank Vogel hopes he'll play tomorrow.
Chris Miller: Now former @Washington Wizards Dwight Howard in the house. Spoke to him, he’s in good spirits lost 20 pounds. Surprised by the trade to Memphis but says he’ll be ready for training camp. Wherever that might be.
Candace Buckner: #Wizards center Dwight Howard was on the @PardonMyTake podcast and shared this update: “Man, my body feels amazing. I’ve been in the gym the last couple of months, trying to get my body right. I feel good, man. My legs are back up under me...
Candace Buckner: “... Now it’s just about getting the strength to play an 82-game season.” — Dwight Howard
Candace Buckner: #Wizards coach Scott Brooks: “Its pretty safe to say” that Dwight Howard will not return to play for the rest of the year.
Fred Katz: Brooks on if the Wiz have shut down Dwight Howard: "Not officially. He's still getting his work in, the hamstring problem. It hasn't yet turned a corner for him, but we still have 3 weeks or so. ... It's gonna be tough but you never know." Howard is still doing non-contact work
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said there is no update on Dwight Howard. Still not sure when he will practice. Said he “won’t say it isn’t looking good,” but “time is running out.”
Candace Buckner: Dwight Howard has traveled with the #Wizards on this short two-game trip. He’s working on dribbling drills. Still not physical contact. pic.twitter.com/atLA95c8Kx
Fred Katz: Brooks said at practice today there's no Dwight Howard update. Still doing his one-on-zero drills. No contact or anything like that.
Fred Katz: Scott Brooks on Dwight Howard's progress: "We’re in no rush. When he’s ready to play, he’s ready to play. Hopefully, it’s this season."
Candace Buckner: When Dwight Howard does return, he will not do live action practice. Just 1-on-0 on-court work, says Scott Brooks. “This is his next step.”
Candace Buckner: Dwight Howard is not at the #Wizards practice facility. The team returned to workouts tonight for the first time since the All-Star break.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium: Wizards center Dwight Howard will return to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to start on-court work. Howard has rehabilitated in Atlanta since undergoing spine surgery in late November.
Candace Buckner: It's been two months since Dwight Howard's surgery and Coach Scott Brooks gives an update: "We don't really know when he will be available to be on the court but he's moving in the right direction."
Fred Katz: Wednesday will make for exactly 2 months since the Wizards announced Dwight Howard’s back surgery and estimated a 2-3 month timetable until he’s re-evaluated. But don’t expect to hear anything then. Wizards hoping to get a better idea of Howard’s status some time post All-Star.
Fred Katz: Dwight will rehab in Atlanta: "If I would've been around the team after the surgery, I would've wanted to get out there & play...I think our team doctors had the best solution: Go home, get your mind right, get your body right, & when you return, let's get to that championship."
With Dwight Howard out, the Wizards are weighing their options, but as of now they do not plan to sign a free agent or broker a trade to replace him, a person familiar with the situation told NBC Sports Washington. The Wizards want to first see what they have with their in-house replacements, knowing Howard will be available to return at some point this season.
The Wizards have considered free agent options to add help at center, but there aren't any out there that have interested them at this time. Capable centers are hard to find, especially midseason.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks says Ian Mahinmi will “got back into the mix” when asked how the Dwight Howard news will impact the rotation.
Howard underwent an L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy earlier today. The procedure went as planned with no complications. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was recommended after consultation with Dr. Watkins and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih determined that the disc herniation was causing severe nerve irritation and gluteal pain. Howard’s progress will be re-evaluated in approximately two to three months.
Fred Katz: Dwight Howard’s surgery will be on a disc in his back, not his glute, per a source. Howard had been having pain in the piriformis, but the disc was what was causing pain in his buttocks. Howard went to Los Angeles to see a nerve specialist earlier this week.
Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard is undergoing a surgical procedure Friday to alleviate pain from a gluteal injury, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The injury has limited the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year to nine games this season, and if the procedure is successful, a typical recovery timeline is two-to-three months. However, there is a chance Howard could return sooner, sources said.
Chris Haynes: Washington center Dwight Howard will undergo a surgical procedure to alleviate pain from a gluteal injury, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Shams Charania: Dwight Howard is undergoing surgery on L4/L5 discs in his spine and hopeful of return within eight weeks, league sources said.
Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard probably will need a surgical procedure to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined him this season, league sources told ESPN. Howard received a recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles on Thursday and might seek further consultation before making a final decision on a surgery that would cause him to miss a significant portion of the regular season.
Fred Katz: Brooks on Howard seeing a nerve specialist in LA: “We’ll know more information in the next couple of days...[the injury] hasn’t gotten much better in the last couple of days.” Brooks said Thomas Bryant is “definitely” staying in the starting lineup.
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard is out tonight. This is his fourth straight missed game. Brooks said he tried to play last game, but couldn’t.
Candace Buckner: Brooks on Dwight Howard, who will miss his fourth consecutive game: "It's a slow process. He's doing everything he can. ...We thought he was going to give it a go last game and he's just not there."
Fred Katz: Dwight Howard was not at shootaround when media entered the court this morning. Howard has been out hurt the past few games. We’ll find out more when Scott Brooks talks pregame tonight.
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard is out tonight. Thomas Bryant will start. Okaro White is inactive with Troy Brown Jr. back.
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard did not practice and may not travel on the road trip. Otto Porter practiced, but is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Candace Buckner: Dwight Howard has left the court with a #Wizards trainer. Even before the game, Howard was in so much pain, he had trouble sitting down and putting on his socks. Still an issue with the buttocks muscle
Candace Buckner: #Wizards Coach Scott Brooks on Dwight Howard making his season debut tonight vs OKC: "No restrictions. We're excited about having him. He brings a couple things we need."
Fred Katz: Dwight Howard confirmed to reporters he will play tomorrow against the Thunder. Didn’t say how many minutes he’d play.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Wizards center Dwight Howard is planning to make his season debut in Washington on Friday against OKC — allowing the team to view roster with an important starter in lineup.
Clay Bailey: The Wizards will be without F. Markieff Morris (concussion protocol) and Dwight Howard, who has not played this season recovering from Gluteal soreness.
Brooks has three years remaining on a five-year, $35 million deal. Washington has allowed a league-high 125 points a game after losing 136-104 to the Clippers. Dwight Howard, who has been sidelined with a buttocks injury, is expected to make his season debut this week, league sources told Yahoo Sports, and the Wizards hope he can provide them with a defensive boost.
Candace Buckner: Lost in the more recent #Wizards developments is Dwight Howard’s progress. When you think about it: the team’s 10-day road trip is essentially his training camp back in DC. Nothing’s in stone but I suspect Howard makes his season debut Nov. 2 vs OKC Thunder (on ESPN)
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks was non-committal about whether Dwight Howard will return during the road trip. He said he will travel with the team and continue to practice as he works his way back.
Candace Buckner: Now Dwight Howard is running full-court with the youngest players. First time that we (media) have seen so on-court work with teammates pic.twitter.com/oiUE0xRAKL
Chris Haynes: Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard will not play in tonight’s season-opener against the Miami Heat, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He still needs more practice time.
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks confirms that Dwight Howard is OUT tonight for the #Wizards season opener "We just don't feel that he's quite there yet."
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard says he doesn’t know if he will be ready for the season opener on Thursday against Miami, but didn’t rule it out.
Candace Buckner: Dwight Howard, who practiced for the first time, asked about the chances he'll play Thursday in season opener: “See how it feels. I’ll do whatever I can to make myself available for all 82 games but the main thing is making sure that I’m healthy for the rest of the season.”
Candace Buckner: Dwight Howard on if he expected the injury to keep him out this long: "The main thing is that I’m healthy when playoffs come and later on in the season. So wasn’t no rush to try to get back and heal up for the first game but I’m happy that I’m progressing the way I have been."
For now, the Wizards are in true day-to-day mode as they, especially Brooks, repeat the same motto. “Hopefully, he continues to progress,” he said, “and [we can] get him on the court shortly after.”
Chase Hughes: Brooks says Dwight Howard has yet to resume basketball activities (light shooting, etc.) since receiving a pain injection on Tuesday. Coach mentioned Monday as possible for him to get back on the court.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard visited a specialist in New York and has piriformis injury, which is a muscle in the buttocks. The injury isn't serious and Howard will continue treatment.
The Wizards close out their preseason slate on Friday with a home game against the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. After that, the Wizards have five days off before they host the Miami Heat in their season opener on Sept. 18. Buckner reports that before last night's game in New York, Brooks was asked if "it was safe to say" Howard won't play in the opener if he missed the preseason slate. Brooks' response? "Yeah, that's safe."
Fred Katz: Dwight Howard had a setback over the weekend with his lower back, Brooks says. He’s going back to DC for a pain injection when the team goes to Detroit.
Candace Buckner: A little more context: Dwight Howard went through a light workout with coaches during the day off on Saturday (no contact). By Sunday, he felt soreness again but still went with the team to NYC. Today he saw a specialist and it was recommended he return to DC for pain injection
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks says everyone but Dwight Howard is available to play tonight against the Heat.
Fred Katz: Dwight Howard will go with the Wizards on their upcoming road trip even if he isn’t able to play, Scott Brooks says.
Fred Katz: Reporter asks Scott Brooks about the status he provided about Dwight Howard last week. Brooks goes to an early-season confession: "I said a lot of things last week, huh? That's like the third, 'You said last week.' I lied a lot to you guys."
Chris Miller: Dwight Howard WILL NOT play in @Washington Wizards first preseason game Monday vs. @New York Knicks. He told me all he needs is about two practices to be ready to play in a game. #DCFamily
The Wizards were again without two of their most prominent offseason additions on Wednesday, the second day of their 2018-19 training camp, as Dwight Howard (back soreness) and Austin Rivers (neck spasms) were not a full-go.
Rivers at least appears to be trending in the right direction, as head coach Scott Brooks said he "felt much better" the day after leaving Tuesday's practice with neck discomfort. Howard, on the other hand, doesn't appear as close to returning as initially thought. "He's progressing, but it's going to be a couple more days before we see how he feels there," Brooks said. That means Howard could end up sitting out most of, if not all of, the rest of training camp.
Rick Bonnell: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (hamstring) and Cody Zeller (knee) both out versus Celtics. Dwight Howard (rib) will play; he’s only Hornet to play every game this season.
September 17, 2021 | 4:34 am EDT Update
Marc Gasol is a name to watch. He just wiggled his way away from the Lakers and, according to an ESPN report, plans to remain in Spain while sorting out the next (and perhaps last) phase of his playing career. Gasol nearly signed with the Warriors last summer — and might have done so had Thompson not ruptured his Achilles before free agency. It may never materialize, but he has the exact passing acumen and center skill set that has traditionally fit Kerr’s offense best, similar to David West and Andrew Bogut.
Frank Vogel’s former assistant coach Jason Kidd left the Los Angeles Lakers to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He joined fellow former NBA stars Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins on ESPN’s The Jump to talk about his visit to Slovenia for the signing of a 5-year $207 million super max extension with Luka Doncic. “One, [Slovenia] is a beautiful country,” Kidd recalled his visit to Luka’s homeland. “I had a lot of fun and spending time at dinner with Luka and also at the press conference. What an incredible 22-year-old. He’s wise before his years. So I’m just excited to have the opportunity to coach him.”
“It was incredible again. Another beautiful place,” Kidd said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I got to hang out with KP. We had a couple dinners, I got to see him work out. But I also got to just see him on his turf I think a lot of times we don’t get to see our Europeans their homes. So I got the opportunity to go over there and hang out and we had a great time. “KP’s incredible not just a basketball player but a person. We all know.. well, I just learned that he loves the fights, the boxing matches and stuff like that. You look at just learning something new about a person by going to their hometown was something that I was excited about doing and I had a great time.”
There’s no denying that Denver Nuggets stud Michael Porter Jr. is one of the brightest young talents in the NBA today. However, for those who may not be too familiar with his injury history, there was actually one point in his career that people doubted if he would ever be able to play again. Apparently, one of his biggest non-believers happened to be the head doctor for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets forward remembers that exact moment to this very day: “All Top 10 teams have their doctors there and they’re just evaluating me,” Porter said in a recent appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & the Three podcast. “The guy from the Clippers was the head doctor and he’s the one that wrote the report, it’s like, ‘yeah, he probably will never play again.’”
In this Club Shay Shay clip, the new Phoenix Suns big man JaVale McGee tells Shannon Sharpe what to expect in his former Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson’s return: “I expect the old Klay. I can maybe see him slacking on defense in the first month because in the offseason you don’t get those reps. But offensively, he didn’t hurt his arm, so that boy is going to shoot.”
UFC fighter Ryan Spann trains at the gym owned by ex-NBA star Deron Williams … and the light heavyweight contender once sparred with the hooper — AND GOT HIS BUTT KICKED!! “Deron whooped my ass one day. I’m dead serious. You can call him and ask him,” Spann told TMZ Sports.
Context? We talked to the 30-year-old, 6’5″, 205 lb. fighter just days before he’s set to face 6th ranked LHW, Anthony Smith … and we asked the 11th ranked fighter if he ever rolled around with 6’3″ Williams at their gym, Fortis MMA in Dallas. “I was training for a fight, and coach was like, ‘Deron, get in.’ And, I already knew he hooped, and I knew who he was, but I never got to go with him,” Ryan said, “I think it was my 2nd or my 3rd round with a fresh body, and you put Deron in, I was like, ‘Oh s**t, nice, I get a round off.’ Little did I know Deron used to wrestle. And, he was about 230 at the time.”
Gabrielle Union, the wife of former Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade, recently opened up about the trauma she endured when Wade had a child with another woman during their relationship. Union and Wade weren’t married at the time, but they were several years into a relationship with each other. “In 2013, before we were married, Dwyane had a baby with another woman,” Union wrote in her new memoir. “It should go without saying that we were not in a good place in our relationship at the time that child was conceived. But we were in a much better place when he finally told me about the pregnancy. To say I was devastated is to pick a word on a low shelf for convenience. There are people — strangers who I will never meet — who have been upset that I have not previously talked about that trauma. I have not had words, and even after untold amounts of therapy I am not sure I have them now. But truth matters.”