(ESPN)–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 never want guys to get injured. I always want the best players to be on the floor. Best against best. Having said that…I am positively elated that Dwight Howard hates Stan Van Gundy so much that he is willing to have fake back surgery on a fake herniated disc just so he can quit on his team and never play for Van Gundy again. This back injury not only means that Dwight Howard will be out for the remainder of the year, but it also knocks him out for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. HALLELUJAH!!! There isn’t an athlete on the planet that I hate more than Dwight Howard. People who read this space regularly are aware of my laundry list of reasons. I don’t just regular-hate Dwight, I “Lebron-hate” him. There is no higher level of hate than “Lebron-hate”. It was going to make me sick having to root for him when he suited up for Team USA Basketball this summer. This little fake back injury completely solves that problem for me. Now we just need to trade Lebron to like China, Russia, or Saudi Arabia for either cash or $3.25 per gallon gas and we’ll be all set. U-S-A, U-S-A!!!
PS: If USA Basketball or Coach K let me pick the roster for the 2012 Olympic Team it would be as follows:
PG- Derrick Rose
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Kevin Durant
PF- Kevin Love
C- Tim Duncan
Bench: Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Tyson Chandler, and Lamarcus Aldridge.
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This has got to be a hard day for Lebron. I mean he just has nothing left to hang his hat on. He doesn’t have a championship. Durant is going to win the MVP. He isn’t even the go to guy with the game on the line for the Heat. Being a complete and utter douche bag was his thing. Now Dwight Howard has just ripped that title away from him. I hate a lot of people, but there are varying levels of that hatred. For instance, Tiger Woods…I regular-hate him. Alex Burrows…I Lebron-hate Alex Burrows. Lebron is the highest of measure for hatred, but I seriously need to rethink that because Dwight Howard is on a whole different level.
Howard just has zero redeeming qualities. He has never improved his game. He has quit on his team countless times. Tells the front office to fire the coach. Then denies it right after Van Gundy tells the media its true. Then follows up the awk moment by completely bagging the game later that night. At this point if I am the owner of the Magic I am telling Dwight to go home and trading him in the offseason. It’s the NBA, his trade value is shit anyways so you aren’t hurting the team by sending him home. The Magic have a chance to save a little bit of dignity and take a stand against the face of the cultural problem in the NBA. They won’t do it though. They’ll probably just fire Stan Van Gundy and tell Dwight that he can sleep with their wives as much as he wants if he will sign an extension. It’s disgusting.
Lebron isn’t really a competitor and doesn’t care about being the best at anything, but his back is against the wall here. He needs to fight for his rep, because that’s all he’s got. Your move Lebron, your move.
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(The Sporting News)–The Orlando Magic are not enamored with the packages they could get from the New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Lakers—the three teams understood to be on Dwight Howard’s list of preferred teams—and would rather trade the All-Star big man to the Chicago Bulls, CBS Sports.com reports. But talks between Orlando and Chicago have gained little traction since Howard is not willing to make a long-term commitment to the Bulls, according to the report. The Bulls, sources tell CBS Sports, could offer Omer Asik, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu. Chicago also has a Charlotte Bobcats first-round pick, but it’s top-14 protected this year and not unprotected until 2016. The Magic wants to make a deal with the Bulls because of the assets they can offer, but Howard isn’t willing to sign a long-term contract with Chicago. But Chicago is “not on his list,” a source told CBS, and the Bulls are not willing to part with those assets without assurance that Howard will sign a new contract with them. The two teams have spoken, but there’s “no type of serious discussions” happening, a source said. The CBS report does not say why Howard doesn’t want to play in Chicago. Howard previously implied, albeit unconvincing, that he was open to playing with the Bulls and point guard Derrick Rose. “If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen,” Howard told the Chicago Tribune in January. “It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That’s my brother.” Yahoo! Sports reported in December that Adidas is exerting its influence on where Howard ends up and that the shoe company does not want Howard and Rose—its two primary NBA endorsers—playing in the same market. Howard has denied this. Hoopsworld’s Alex Kennedy offers this, via Twitter, “Why doesn’t Dwight Howard want to play in Chicago? He wants to be the man, not sidekick. Derrick Rose, hometown kid with MVP, outshines him. “Don’t get me wrong, Howard wants help. He knows he can’t win a championship alone. With that said, he wants to be the face of the franchise.”