Dwight Howard

Howard’s back vs. Bynum’s knees. Kupchak calls it a toss up.


Which is the bigger risk:

Andrew Bynum’s chronic knee problems or Dwight Howard’s back coming off surgery?

Bynum has had knee issues throughout his career and while he played in the 2010 finals and 60 (of 66) games last season, he has had to take the summer off to recuperate and has yet to start practicing with the Sixers (and got another injection Monday). Howard has been ironman healthy over the course of his career but had back surgery after the season that he is still recovering from fully, and backs can be tricky things.

The Lakers GM Mitch Kupchack had that choice and said injury wise it was a toss up when speaking with Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA.com Tuesday.

“Whatever concern we had (with Bynum’s knees) was offset by Dwight coming off offseason back surgery,” Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Tuesday. “Our doctors were able to look at (Howard’s medical records) but not until after the trade, which was conditional on him passing a physical.”

The biggest question for the Lakers is if the back surgery slowed Howard’s mobility — maybe his greatest strength at both ends of the floor is how quickly he moves for a man his size. Reports out of practice are that Howard has looked like his old self, but he has yet to play in a game.

Bynum is expected to return to practice Oct. 24, one week before the Sixers open the season.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.