Friday September 14th, 2012

Dwight Howard The Lakers may not be able to take the wraps off Howard until the end of the preseason. ( Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that newly acquired center Dwight Howard, who had spinal surgery on April 20, will not be ready for the start of practice on Oct. 2 or their first exhibition game on Oct. 7, according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

That said, the team also said that Howard has not suffered any setbacks in his rehabilition, which involves core stabilization, upper and lower body strengthening, light running and shooting.

Howard was expected to be out for six to seven months following surgery, so he's right on track. The six-month mark is Oct. 20. The Lakers open the season on Oct. 30.

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