As he searches for answers on how to strengthen his aggravated labrum in his right shoulder, Dwight Howard could begin by consulting a prominent teammate who's gone through similar issues.

Kobe Bryant.

He's nursed shoulder injuries in past seasons and has remarked how he's played despite the persisting pain.

"I'm probably just crazy," Bryant said. "There's certain players that don't mind and play through all kinds of pain. I'm one of those players."

Viewing Bryant as a case study in hopes that Howard can return when the Lakers (22-26) play Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets (28-19) at Barclays Center isn't so simple.

"Me and Kobe play two different positions," said Howard, who's missed the past two games. "With the position that I play, I use a lot of force coming up, whether that's going up for a dunk or a shot."

Howard has already ruled out surgery this season because the recovery process would take at least six months. He had a non-invasive platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Saturday, though it may take seven to 10 days before he feels any affects if it at all. Howard's also routinely iced his shoulder and received electronic stimulation.

Regardless, it's not going to change an unpleasant reality whenever he returns to the court.

"He's going to get hit all the time," Bryant said. "He has broad shoulders."