Dwight Howard called into Stephen A. Smith's ESPN New York radio show to talk about his recent injuries and how he's coping with them. From what he said, Lakers fans have cause for concern. When asked about his back, Howard said:
"Well for people who have had back surgery they will see it more than a person who never has had back surgery. For me, even sitting down in this chair right now is causing my legs to go numb and having this tingly sensation all the way down my legs. That happens when I'm playing and that happens when I'm just sitting on the bench for a couple of minutes. It's not easy. There are times when I can't feel my legs when I'm out there playing. I try to play through it so it's not just like a situation where everything is back to 100 percent. That stuff takes time. When I got injured my nerves in my legs were short-circuited so basically because of my disk being on my nerves, basically shut everything down from my back all the way down to my toes. That takes time to heal. It usually takes a year and some people take longer. Most of it has healed up in less than three months That's why I was able to come back and play as fast as I was, but I'm still not ready to play yet."
Not being able to feel your legs is a scary thing. Hopefully he won't need another surgery, and the numbness and tingling sensations will go away. For as much as fans get on him for his attitude, we're sure they enjoy watching him play when he's healthy.
Get well, Dwight!