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Dwight Howard Says He Could Have Sat Out Season Until Now

In Chicago, where Derrick Rose is both the present and the future, he has yet to set foot on the court as he recovers from an ACL injury. Neither Rose nor the Bulls want to risk the long-term for some regular season games, even if it costs the Bulls a season.

Dwight Howard went a different direction. He rushed back from back surgery because he had been traded to the Lakers a team that before the season was considered by nearly everyone a title contender. Instead, the Lakers are a .500 team struggling to get in the playoff mix and Howard has come under scrutiny for sub-par play.

Looking back on it, I could have sat out the whole season until now and starting playing now, but I just felt like we had such a great opportunity, he said. Some of these guys, their windows for winning is very small and I just wanted to get back and try to do whatever I can to help this team, knowing that I wasnt in great shape. My body wasnt all the way there yet.

Sometimes I have gotten beat up for it, but thats fine. Ill take all those hits and Ill keep moving, Howard said. People watch games and they see me playing so they think its all good. Its just a time thing. Ive just got to keep going, keep pushing myself and itll get better.

Howard didnt want to talk about what he should have done or if he should have waited like most athletes he doesnt want to live in a world of what if and regrets. He made his decision; hes living with it.

For more on this story visit: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk


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