The ongoing drama for the Orlando Magic involving Dwight Howard's status for the playoffs has come to a halting end tonight. Howard's agent is reporting that he will have season-ending back surgery. He will not only be out for the rest of this season and the playoffs, but Howard will also miss the 2012 Summer Olympics.
With speculation circling around the team and NBA that Howard was sitting due to his unhappiness in the organization's decision to not fire head coach Stan Van Gundy, the timing of this surgery decision will also be scrutinized. Reports have been coming out that Howard has refused to play another game for SVG and that he personally called Magic owner Rich DeVos stating that claim.
Howard's agent, Dan Fegan replied to those comments earlier tonight. "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."
With much damage done to Howard's squeaky clean image this season, I'm sure there must be some relief for Howard to have this surgery and validate the seriousness of his back injury. As far as the Magic go, this gives them some closure for Howard's availability should they go deep in the playoffs. But most Magic fans surely are ready another first round exit.
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