Dwight Howard was advised in a doctor visit on Wednesday that surgery isn't necessary to treat a torn labrum on his right shoulder. Whether Howard resigns with the Lakers remains another issue. But Howard's visit with Dr. James Tibone of the Kerlan Orthopaedic Group marked the first step in his vow to ensure he spends this offseason fully recovering from the torn labrum in his right shoulder and a surgically repaired back. Howard originally injured his shoulder Jan. 4 against the Clippers only to aggravate it a week later against Denver. He sat out for six games to prevent the shoulder from worsening, a decision that prompted both Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni and Kobe Bryant suggested Howard should play through it. Howard took offense to such an assertion considering the long-term implications an injured shoulder could provide only months after coming off of back surgery.