Lakers ‘hopeful’ Dwight Howard will play in the restart of the NBA

Dwight Howard
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The Los Angeles Lakers are hopeful Dwight Howard will join the the team in Orlando and will play in the restart of the NBA.

The head coach of the Lakers, Frank Vogel, said the team will not seek a replacement player for Howard for the resumption of the season.

“We’ve been in communication with Dwight the whole way with supportive phone calls and text messages. We don’t know what the level of participation is going to be yet. He wants to play. We’re hopeful that he’s able to join us,” Vogel told reporters, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Howard is currently with his family in Georgia, where he is satisfying the NBA’s home quarantine and testing protocol required of all players who will participate in Orlando.