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Old 04-19-12, 08:38 PM
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Out for the season, including playoffs. Getting back surgery to repair herniated disc
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Old 04-19-12, 09:41 PM
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Makes me think there's some truth behind him not wanting to play for SVG again. If that is the reason for him not playing I will lose complete respect for him ( ive already lost some for obvious reasons). Could have got it a shot like wat Amare is doin for NY. I've dealt with back pains before so I could imagine what he's dealing with. Oh well, wasn't like ORL was going to do anything anyway.....
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Makes me think there's some truth behind him not wanting to play for SVG again. If that is the reason for him not playing I will lose complete respect for him ( ive already lost some for obvious reasons). Could have got it a shot like wat Amare is doin for NY. I've dealt with back pains before so I could imagine what he's dealing with. Oh well, wasn't like ORL was going to do anything anyway.....

hmmmm shouldn't it make you think the opposite? Back surgery is VERY risky, I doubt he is just getting it to prove a point about Van gundy.
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Old 04-19-12, 11:05 PM
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The rumor was that he said would not play for Van Gundy at all, even in the playoffs. I guess this is what he meant. I don't think I would get surgery for no reason, unless it was something that could wait and this is his way of saving face.
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Old 04-19-12, 11:25 PM
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Well back pain is no joke. It looks like Howard had been dealing with this pain since March.... :shocked

Here is ESPN's Chris Broussard's report on this story...

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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery on Friday morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk, effectively ending his season and eliminating him from participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Howard's agent said on Thursday night.

"It hurts (emotionally)," Howard told ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard. "That's the first thing -- it hurts. And then with people saying and thinking I'm quitting on my team. This is a real issue. I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse."

Howard has been complaining of back problems since early March, but it wasn't until Los Angeles-based spine surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins examined him last week that the herniated disk was discovered.

Howard received an epidural to alleviate the pain at that time, and the plan was that he'd rest and rehabilitate his back for 10-14 days before deciding if he could return to play or if further treatment might be necessary. But his back has worsened and both Watkins and the Magic's medical staff determined surgery is necessary.

Howard told Broussard he is not worried about any long-term ramifications from the surgery.

"The doctor said it's a one-inch incision," Howard told Broussard. "He said I can start rehab right away and be back to full contact in four months. So I'm not really concerned. If anything, I'll come back stronger."

Dan Fegan, Howard's agent, said he hopes this development debunks any thoughts that Howard's back problem was not serious and that he was utilizing it as an excuse not to play.

Howard vehemently disputed a report that he called Magic owner Rich DeVos and said he would not play for coach Stan Van Gundy again. A report by WKMG in Orlando said Howard called DeVos during last Friday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

"I was getting an epidural during the game," he said. "I had no idea what was going on with the game until the third quarter. That's when I woke up. I couldn't have talked to him, because I was out of it."

Howard also confirmed that a major reason he opted into the final year of his contract is because the Magic said they'd trade him if he didn't, and he wasn't prepared to give up on winning a title with the Magic this year. In fact, he still believes the Magic are capable of a title run without him.

"If the guys come together, we still have a chance," he said. "I know what we have in that locker room. I've seen it in spurts this season. I've told them, 'We don't have to be the biggest or the strongest, we just have to believe.'"

Howard said he has been told following the surgery he can begin full contact in three to four months and that he should not have any lingering issues.

"That's why I'm doing the surgery now, so I won't have any problems with my back again," Howard said.

The back issues have forced Howard to miss eight games this season, one more than he missed in his first seven seasons combined. His total of 621 games and 22,471 minutes is the most by a center in his first eight seasons in the modern-NBA era.

Dikembe Mutombo is next with 603 games and 22,138 minutes. For comparison, Shaquille O'Neal played 534 games and 20,148 minutes in his first eight seasons.

"Dwight has never laid down once in his entire career," Fegan said. "It's absurd that some publicly, and others privately, speculated that Dwight was laying down or quitting. In fact, he was working his hardest to play through an injury which now requires surgery."

The Magic also have been playing without Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture) since April 5. He's averaging 10.7 points and is shooting 34.9 percent on 3-pointers.

With Howard and Turkoglu sidelined, Van Gundy has started Glen Davis at center with Jason Richardson and Ryan Anderson at forward. J.J. Redick and Jameer Nelson start in the backcourt.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Thursday night he hadn't been told of Howard's plans and it was too early to speculate on the Olympic team.

The final roster of 12 players and six alternates is due June 18 and the U.S. may have to consider increasing its pool of possible candidates with Howard out and fellow big man LaMarcus Aldridge iffy following right hip surgery.

"I understand exactly who's involved," Colangelo said. "The only thing I don't know is the extent of Dwight Howard's situation, and I really want to find out more about that. But we may have to consider, you know, invitations to a couple (other) players. That's a possibility. We'll talk about it."
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Old 04-20-12, 09:28 AM
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I was almost believing him up until he started talking about the Magic being able to win a championship without him.
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Old 04-20-12, 09:36 AM
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If true his days as an athletic freak that can leap out of the Gym AKA "Super Man" are over. David, who in my opinion was 10x the athletic freak, Had a back injury. It brought us Tim. He was never exactly the same after that, but a diminished D Rob was still phenomenal. However, Dave never had surgery and its a crap shoot with long odds to have surgery and expect to be as good as before the surgery.

Dwight is going to have to learn to play basketball now.
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Having dealt with major back issues for 40 years, they are not something to play with. What caused Drob to quit early? It could even be career ending if one of many things go wrong.
In Howard's case you wonder if it isn't case of stuff "coming back to you".
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Old 04-20-12, 10:13 AM
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i want dwight for next year in SA anyway... not happening i know..
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Old 04-20-12, 10:42 AM
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Having dealt with major back issues for 40 years, they are not something to play with. What caused Drob to quit early? It could even be career ending if one of many things go wrong.
In Howard's case you wonder if it isn't case of stuff "coming back to you".
wasn't it D-Rob's knees that caused him to quit when he did? that's what i remember from Malik Rose starting in the 03 playoffs and D-Rob having ice on his knees just about every game. Dwight hasn't been an angel, that's true. now he's going to have to adjust to his role. if he can't he jumping high, swatting everything or posting up, he'll be done for without a backup plan.

as a meathead or gym rat (whatever Mombear wants to call me ), i wonder if it doesn't have to do with his lifting. the guy has solid arms and shoulders, but everything else looks puny. if he can lift heavy with his arms and used his back one time or somethin for support, might have caused him to mess his back up.
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Old 04-20-12, 11:06 AM
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D rob had major back problems and all Basketball players have knee issues however being 37 going on 38 means that five Oh didn't retire early. He put in 14 seasons, remember he came in the NBA as a 24 year old rookie.
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