Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 2:27 pm  |  35 responses

Dwight Howard Has Herniated Disc, Season in Jeopardy

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.


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.

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  • MikeC.

    From the sounds of things, this might be best for the Magic. No Dwight, no drama.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    herniated disk is no joke. maybe i should stop having my wife walk on my back, feels good though

  • robb

    and guess what? Bynum is strong and healthy as a horse. Keep your “big man” Orlando

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    Trade him to the Bobcats.

  • http://none Mr Laker

    D Howard is a great center but even I am starting enjoy Andrew Bynum’s play! And i’m happy the Lakers stayed with him! I wish Howard a speedy recovery though!

  • ClydeSays

    S~cks for both DW and the Magic. He’ll miss the Playoffs and his trade value took a hit. Should have worked something at the deadline… Oh well, Otis….

  • Justin G.

    Is it mean to talk about karma?

  • CharlieS

    LA is a long way to go for a herniated disk

  • http://www.gmail.com dirty frank

    Is this from the Haywood punch?

  • furiousfunkfanatic

    “Herniated disk” – is this the new term for spineless?

  • thetalkingcomb

    Watch out for the disc to be interrupted mid-interview by Dwight!

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/39910/knicks-will-miss-lin-during-playoff-push Paul H

    This is the outcome of a Dwight meets Shaq in a dark alley. Didn’t Snoop make a sond about it too ? HIT IT FROM DA BACK ! BEEEEEHATCH !!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com phsyco B

    good.howards a punk b#@ch. used to like him but after this year i could not give a s*&t what happens to him. Him and that goofy f@*kin grin. Cheesy mother f%@cker.

  • misso

    D12 still the man & hope he recovers soon. I will still & always say GO MAGIC!!!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    the only thing herniated is Dwights loyalty to Orlando.

  • FLIGHT 9

    Without Dwight Coward, The Magic is a legitimate contender!!! Hope they win without HIM.

  • http://slamonline.com jer

    Big Baby just popped the champagne bottle

  • thor

    This means indiana will see the second round.

  • ab40

    didn’t I post this the other day? man I’m good.

  • Fat Lever

    Justin G, no it’s not. Karma is real, this is just another example of it. I was about to post the same thing.

  • doyouwantmore

    Karma is another word for a small part of a greater principle. I don’t think anyone on earth, much less a person who uses their body to make a living, deserves a herniated disc. To insinuate that a decent guy who happens to have great genes and a great job ‘deserves’ a herniated disc is pretty low. If you’ve ever had a herniated disc, or any other great pain, you would not wish it on a terrible person who does nothing, let alone a fairly good guy who does something awesome. If Dwight’s injury gives him perspective about some of the mistakes he’s made regarding his contract, then there is a sense of balance from it, but ‘Karma’ is just a shallow pop-culture ideology for the lazy-minded.

  • al

    ^^what about karma sutra? does that have anything to do with howard having back problems??

  • Matt

    Indiana must be cheering right now…hello 2nd round!

  • JML-G

    @robb i wouldnt start talking tough talk bout Bynum bein equivalent to healthy.. just saying.

    and Magic doesnt have to keep their big man, its just that their big man didnt want to move to Lakers, which happens to be second team in the city of angels… :)

  • Phil the thrill

    It’s funny how he started missing games the next day after the interview with van gundy??? Coincidence? He was all.smiles before that. He have up and the team is allowing it.


    Dwight freeney is his replacement

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @al – That’s “kama” sutra. Different word with a different meaning .

  • Fat Lever

    Doyouwantmore, actually karma is a major principle of the Hindu religion, one of which I am a follower of. So, no, it’s not a shallow pop culture ideology for the lazy minded. And how do you know Dwight is a good guy? He may be, or he may be a scumbag. Nthe only way to know that is to know him personally. What we do know is that Dwight played his teammates out, as well as the franchise with the way he handled his Indecision. I think everyone can agree he could have handled it MUCH better. you reap what you sow. You don’t have to believe in karma, but as a Hindu I definitely do.

  • doyouwantmore

    Fat Lever : If every single person who shallowly threw around the term “Oh, that’s totally karma” was an actual practitioner with a studied understanding of the principle you’re talking about, then yes, you’d have a point. But they’re not. People use the term ‘Karma’ as a quick and easy way to reassure themselves about a spiritual principle. If “Karma” were a challenging, profound truth then somehow I doubt Britney Spears and Paris Hilton would be using it every day. You don’t mind when someone misrepresents your religion, as long as they are furthering it? It only shows how eagerly people borrow from any’cool’ religion and how interchangeable the ‘cool’ new-age religions really are.

  • Fat Lever

    Actually I don’t care nearly enough about britney and Paris to know that they use Hinduism or karma as a means to be cool. And, yea, it annoys me when I see ambercrombie and fitch t shirts trivializing gods like Ganesh and Shiva into fashion statements. But you know what, that’s the world we live in. As a hindu, I try to live as a moralistic life as I can. Everything else will fall into place, I believe. Anyway, don’t know how this convo evolved into discussing hinduism and pop culture, but I guess that’s why this site is pretty chill.


    How the hell does an injured player story draw comments about religion?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    hell…? how the ‘common grave’…

  • ernieD

    I was thinking that he would be a good replacement for KG next season, but with KG playing like he is right now, I’m not so sure. Now this!

  • jimmer

    He can still pick up a cheque, even if he’s not playing. I don’t think he’s particularly worried about much else. If the Magic are clever, they can get him to forget he’s a basketball player by the end of next week by distracting him with crayons, coloring books and painting by numbers, then tear up his contract and make some decent signings this summer.

  • samuel williams

    Rumor has it every person that ever played the charactor are prone to some kind of jinx or injury its just myth…or is it?