Dwight Howard grimaces as he flexes his ailing shoulder during the Lakers'… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images )
Dwight Howard was irritated and it had nothing to do with a basketball game.
He didn't like how the Lakers described his shoulder injury.
"I don't know what story came out and said I tore my labrum," he said Tuesday, insisting the labrum instead "separated from the bone" in his right shoulder.
"They don't want me to continue to aggravate it every day because that could cause problems later on in the season or it could become a point where somebody fouled me hard enough and it might tear the labrum so [the doctor] doesn't want that to happen," he said.
"When people saw [the terminology], they were thinking the worst. It's not as bad as what people were saying. They just want to be real cautious with it and make sure it doesn't happen to where it tears and I have to have surgery."
A news release issued by the team Monday said that "an MRI exam revealed that [Howard] had a torn labrum and will be out indefinitely."
Either way, Howard did not play Tuesday against Houston and won't play Wednesday against San Antonio. He will be out until at least next Tuesday, perhaps a bit longer.
With Pau Gasol sidelined because of a concussion, rookie Robert Sacre started at center against Houston.
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