Howard's injury more severe than reported

Perhaps the length of the road to recovery was underestimated in the case of Dwight Howard. [Howard's] back was hurting last season. Badly. Then something else happened: He couldn't feel his left leg. "What a lot of people don't know is when I hurt my back, it affected my nerves to the point where my whole left leg just went dead basically," the Lakers center said Thursday.

"I couldn't do a calf raise." After undergoing surgery in April for a herniated disk, Howard said it took about two months before he could lift his calf off the ground. He was told he would recover fully in about five months but received solid feedback in August. "When I went to see the doctor right before I was traded, he said, 'Most guys don't recover as fast as you did.'"

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