10/3 Training Camp Coverage

10/3 Training Camp Coverage

Postby JSM on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:09 pm



KEVIN DING ‏@KevinDing

Mike Brown on Dwight after Lakers' second practice of camp: "As much as he's practicing, to me he's back."

Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

Brown said Howard "looks good out there" & continues to improve. Team will go 5-on-5 tonight, the one thing Howard won't yet do.

Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

Mike Brown says he's very happy with the first two days. Typical camp optimism from all teams ... but regardless, lots of positive energy.

Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

From Nash: "This is definitely the best team I've played on."

Mike Trudell ‏@LakersReporter

No breaking news here, but Nash hasn't missed a FT yet this week. Just dropped 25 straight to be the first off the court.

Dave McMenamin ‏@mcten

LAL's second five today is Duhon, Jamison, Hill, Ebanks and Sacre. Blake (foot) will likely crack that. Meeks, too, when he gets up to speed


Dave McMenamin of ESPN wrote: The second day of practice for the Los Angeles Lakers yielded identical results as the first: A gym full of people wearing purple praising Dwight Howard.

Howard made it through Wednesday's morning session -- the first part of a scheduled two-a-day with an evening session to follow -- without any setbacks. The All-Star center continued to show no signs of his surgically repaired back limiting him in any way.

"I don't know when he's coming back or whatever," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "As much as he's practicing, to me, he's back."

Brown surely had reason to be optimistic after Howard followed Tuesday's 4-hour practice full of 3-on-3, 2-on-2 and one-on-one full-contact drills by going through Wedneday's morning session without a hitch.

But Howard still has a hurdle to clear before he's "back."

The Lakers are planning to hold a 5-on-5 full-court scrimmage Wednesday evening to start work on their defensive principles, but Howard is not expected to participate.

There is no scheduled re-evaluation date for Howard to be cleared to participate in 5-on-5 full-court drills, according to team spokesman John Black. Rather, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and head physical therapist Judy Seto are constantly monitoring Howard's progression by keeping a watchful eye on him during practice.

"I'm still trying to regain strength," Howard told the Lakers' team website. "I'm not playing until I'm 100 percent. Just because I'm doing drills with the team or running up and down, it doesn't mean I'm ready to play in a game. There's a difference between running up and down and being actually out there battling. When I'm 100 percent and able to go, then I'll go."

Also, while Howard previously told reporters he would like to play in the preseason, he still is being ruled out of the preseason opener Sunday, according to Black.

"Just waiting for the doctors, the trainers and Dwight to clear him, and when that happens, he'll go full tilt," Brown said. "But he looks good out there, he does."

Kobe Bryant agreed with the assessment.

"This morning was a little light, we didn't do a lot of contact, but he was engaged in every drill," Bryant said of Howard.

Added Howard: "It was a pretty good practice. There wasn't that much contact (this morning), so we'll see how I feel tonight."

While Howard's health undoubtedly has changed for the better, he maintained Wednesday that his fun-loving attitude remains the same, even in the face of the pressure that comes with bringing the championship back to L.A.

"I take the game very serious, but I'm going to have fun," Howard said. "Just because I play for the Lakers doesn't mean I have to walk around and not smile and have fun. I think Magic (Johnson) played with a smile on his face, but at the same time, he got the job done."

[url=http://blog.lakers.com/lakers/2012/10/03/injury-update-dwight-howard/] Mike Trudell of Lakers.com[/ur] wrote:For the second consecutive day to open training camp, Dwight Howard (back) participated fully, going through everything from 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 contact drills to the offensive and defensive skeleton sets being implemented by the coaching staff.

“As much as he’s practicing, to me he’s back,” said Lakers head coach Mike Brown after the team completed the first of two Wednesday practices. “Just waiting for the doctors (and) trainers to clear him. When that happens, he’ll go full tilt. But he looks good out there.”

The night session would feature the first full court 5-on-5 scrimmage, the one thing L.A.’s training staff will hold Howard out of as his rehabilitation process continues.

“I’m still trying to regain strength,” Howard explained. “I’m not playing until I’m 100 percent. Just because I’m doing drills with the team or running up and down, it doesn’t mean I’m ready to play in a game. There’s a difference between running up and down and being actually out there battling. When I’m 100 percent and able to go, then I’ll go.”

After Tuesday’s extensive session, Howard relayed why many of his teammates feel he’s ahead of the expected schedule.

“Hopefully, I will be back for some preseason games,” Howard said. “I think we are going to need it for chemistry and all that stuff. But like I said, I’m not going to rush it.”

The six-time All Star wanted to see how he felt after Tuesday’s first full practice with teammates, and revealed that Wednesday’s work out also went well; the word “setback” has certainly not come up.

As such, optimism reigns in Los Angeles as it pertains to Howard, who spent far more time running up and down the court and dunking than many expected to start training camp.


Kobe - http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/121003bryant
Dwight - http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/121003howard
Nash - http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/121003nash
Brown - http://www.nba.com/lakers/video/121003brown
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