Recommendation: Howard had surgery for a herniated disc in April and still needs doctor's clearance to engage in full training-camp activities with the Lakers, who open camp Tuesday. He has privately indicated his back has returned to 85 percent strength, but this is the first indication of any sort of timetable for his return.
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Update: Howard (back) hopes to be ready to play by opening night, Yahoo! Sports reports.