by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10

Usually a pillar of Super-ior health, Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a herniated disc and has no timetable for return.

Orlando’s All-League big man has already set a new personal high for missed games in a season (he missed four games last season) and likely won’t play again during the regular season and his post-season availability is up in the air as well.

ESPN has the report:

Magic center Dwight Howard was diagnosed by a doctor in Los Angeles with a herniated disk in his lower back, a team spokesman said.

Howard, who sat out the Magic’s 109-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, officially has been ruled out of Orlando’s game in Cleveland on Sunday.

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

Puns aside, Howard has carried the Magic on his back for a minute. We’ll see how the Magic respond with their superstar indefinitely on the sidelines.