Dwight Howard ran sprints after practice Wednesday to improve his conditioning and said he had also cut back on candy and undergone acupuncture treatments.
“I’m in good shape for a basketball player,” the Lakers center said, “but I’m not in Superman shape. I want to get in Superman shape.”
How far away is he, given that it's been 10 months since he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back?
“It’s awhile,” he said, “but I’m going to give it everything I can.”
Howard has put together a nice stretch since the All-Star break with three double-doubles in four games. He will look to keep it going Thursday when the Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, part of a TNT doubleheader preceded by the Philadelphia 76ers playing at Chicago against the Bulls.