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Dwight Howard suffers herniated disc in back, may miss rest of regular season

Apr 13, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

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The Orlando Magic announced Friday night that Dwight Howard who has missed several games with a back injury has suffered a herniated disc in his back. From the AP:

Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had previously be called back spasms since he injured his back at the end of March.

There is no timetable for his return and it will be based on how he responds to treatment.

Howard is scheduled to fly back to Orlando on Saturday.

The Magic are now 1-4 without him this season.

Howard had gone to L.A. to seek a second opinion after continued pain in his back had kept him out five games, including a double-digit loss to the Atlanta Hawks Friday night. Without Howard, the Magic are in freefall. For all the talk of how much he’s underutilized by Stan Van Gundy’s offense, in reality the entire system on both sides is built around Howard. The Magic stand three games out of the eighth spot above both the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Howard is unlikely to return for the regular season:

 

So things could get very intense for the Magic down the stretch in what has already been a mentally exhausting season for the Magic, what with Howard demanding a trade, then retracting it, then re-extending it, then wanting to stay, then not wanting to stay, then wanting to stay and signing a waiver, then having it revealed by his coach that he had asked his ownership to fire his coach. So, you know, not a great way to end what has already been a really difficult season for the Magic.

  1. eshine76 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Hello Karma; so good to see you.

  2. steelerdynasty2010 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    thinking of a word….starts with “k”, ends with “arma”…..any guesses?

  3. mcjon22 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    And it took the Magic trainer 5 games to figure this out? Oh, that’s right, he didn’t figure it out, the doctor in L.A. did. Someone is about to get fired. That, or just like everyone else he knows D12 is truly a prick

  4. ezmagic - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Haha all you haters are funny. How is that karma. His injury started when the mavs haywood kept hitting Dwight in the lower back in march. It would be karma if he suffered an injury on his own. Not caused by someone else douche bags. But yes the training staff in Orlando needs help if they couldn’t read an MRI correctly.

    • abchome - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:22 AM

      From a happy-go-lucky good guy to a villain, from a superman to a Baron Davis, all in a single season…

  5. isujames - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Magic fans shouldn’t get to upset it’s not like they were going to make it out of the first round of playoffs anyway lol.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    It sounds bad, but 75% of you have a herniated disc or two and don’t even know it.

    • BigBeachBall - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      herniated disk is in the shoulder blade… 80% positive….

  7. mat9844 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    Whether you love him or hate him I consider Howard another victim of this game intense/ shortened season along with Bryant, Stoudemire, Lin, Rose, Rubio et al.

  8. jgagliano1199 - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Ha! Anybody else feeling great about this? I love it! Bad things happen to bad people. Hope the feeling lasts, Dwight.

  9. raidmagic - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    This really was only a matter of time. This guy has been a workhorse for 8 years. Add in the pounding he take night to night with this short compressed schedule and here we are. I just hope it’s a fixable injury and not something that lingers for years like T Mac’s back.

  10. gmsingh - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    I wonder how he will blame Van Gundy for that.

    • carolinakid - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Van Gundy is such an awesome coach too …. look at their record without Dwight.

      Yeah, thought so.

      • gmsingh - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Wait, what? You think the personal on Magic are good enough that there is some coach out there that could get them to win without Howard? You’re grasp of the NBA seems rather weak–sorry.

      • carolinakid - Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM

        As is your grasp of proper grammar

        Personnel , but don’t take it personal

      • gmsingh - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Sadly, what you pointed out was a spelling error, not a grammatical one. Better luck next time!

  11. kalib933 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    As someone who has been in the Orlando area for many years, it was great seeing Dwight’s impact on the community and team in the last few. But this year has really been disappointing. I would never wish an injury on anyone (especially one this severe) but this year Dwight has certainly lost a lot of respect. A very disappointing end for him.

  12. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Karma.

  13. boilerup1869 - Apr 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    I know it’s already been posted in several comments here, but it bears repeating.

    Karma.

  14. schaffershokai - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    That sucks. Hopefully, a nice woman like this might help him feel better: http://youtu.be/7NRRrnaz2uo

  15. rob0527 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Why everyone calling it karma. This was caused by shortened season, where guys play to many games in to short a time and don’t allow the body to rest. Hope he doesn’t need surgery like Baron Davis.
    I wonder what took the trainers, so long to figure this out. Someone is going to be looking for a job at the end of the season.

    • raidmagic - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Because people like to hate

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