Dwight Howards will undergo back surgery on Friday morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and it, effectively ending his season and his participation in the 2012 summer Olympics.
The news was told to ESPNs Ric Bucher by Howards agent.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery Friday morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk, effectively ending his season and eliminating him from participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics, Howards agent said Thursday night
Dan Fegan, Howards agent, said he hopes this development debunks any thoughts that Howards back problem was not serious and that he was utilizing it as an excuse not to play.
In another statement released to ESPN, Howard said that he was hurt over the news in recent days that he was done playing for Stan Van Gundy and would sit out the playoffs.
The thought that he would quit on his team after the roller coaster he led them on painted the big man in a light he wants to stay clear from.
Howard said he isnt worried about any long-term effects from the surgery and could start rehab immediately after the surgery and be back to full contact in four months.
The news is a tough blow to Orlandos playoff hopes.