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Howard out again for Lakers due to hurt shoulder

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm •  Published: February 3, 2013

Howard was with the team Sunday but says he wants to make sure this injury doesn't become a recurring problem.

"I don't want to have this happen every week or two, to where I'm fine, and then I take a hard hit and re-aggravate it," he said.

D'Antoni was asked if he's concerned about Howard being hurt when he brings the ball up to make a move to the basket and a defender hits down on him.

"He has to learn to get the ball under his chin and not take it down. He has a habit of taking it down. That's when they're loading up on him, and they don't care about him shooting foul shots, so they just unload on him, and that's a problem," D'Antoni said. "Hopefully he can get that out of his game and not bring it down as much."

Howard says he doesn't even want to think about the possibility of surgery, but it's not clear how much less painful the injury will become, even over time.

"From what I've heard, he's going to always have to deal with it, because it's not going to go away," D'Antoni said. "It's a little bit of a tear. It won't go away. If it gets totally bad, then you have to do something, but the way it is right now, you just have to deal with it."