Howard: Teams are trying to injure shoulder

Sports Xchange

February 11, 2013 at 11:28 am.

(Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard told Yahoo! Sports that opposing teams are trying to injure his already-sore shoulder.

He made the comments after the Lakers’ 107-97 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Howard said Heat players grabbed at his injured right arm on his first trip down the court.

“They got me early,” he said. “They would yank it back.”

He also said the Charlotte Bobcats did the same thing during Friday night’s game.

“It’s like a jolt,” he said. “Then it hurts the rest of the night.”

Howard has been playing through a torn right labrum throughout the season. There is no timetable on when it will heal. He said he is doing all he can on the court but does not want the injury to worsen.

He played 41 minutes Sunday and had 15 points and nine rebounds.