REPORT: Wizards’ Dwight Howard to resume on-court work in Washington
Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard has made significant progress in his recovery after undergoing spine surgery and is now read to resume on-court work.
Howard underwent surgery last November and has been rehabbing in his hometown of Atlanta since then, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2019
Howard has played in only nine games this season for the Wizards since joining the capital team on a two-year, $10.9 million deal last summer. He averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in the matches he played in, but before he could find his stride, he was hit with a back injury and was required to go under the knife.
The veteran center and three-time Defensive Player of the Year has been dealing with back problems throughout his career. In fact, this 2018-19 campaign, he missed the preseason and Wizards’ first seven games due to stiffness in his back.
Howard was expected to be out for at least two to three months after his back procedure, so his return to on-court work fits the timeline that the Wizards gave him.
It remains to be seen when Howard will suit up for the Wizards. It still depends on how he responds to the work he will do when he returns to the team this Wednesday, but Washington should be able to get a good grasp of his condition once he starts.
The Wizards are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference and three games back the eighth and final playoff spot. With that said, they could really use Howard’s help as they try to make one last push for the playoffs.