Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  7 responses

Dwight Howard Not Joining Magic in Playoffs, Rehabbing in California

On the advice of his back surgeon, Dwight Howard will not be with his team during their Playoff run. He’ll be rehabbing in L.A. instead. Reports the Orlando Sentinel: “Dwight Howard will spend about the next three weeks in the Los Angeles area to rehabilitate his surgically repaired back and visit his surgeon for check-ups and will not attend Orlando Magic playoff games, both the team and Howard’s surgeon said Tuesday. ‘Originally, his plan was, because he wanted to be around, is to go back and forth, but those are long flights back and forth, not particularly good for your back to begin with,’ Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. ‘Plus, [it’s] costing you a whole lot of time. You guys [in the media] know; you’ve done it. You’re basically wasting a day when you could be rehabbing. I think the agreement on all sides was that he’d be better off just staying out there and getting his rehab with the group that did his surgery and the whole thing.’ [...] ‘I examined Dwight Howard on Saturday, April 21, 2012 and he showed significant improvement from his preoperative condition that necessitated mandatory spine surgery,’ Howard’s primary surgeon, Robert Watkins Sr. said in the statement. ‘He was discharged from Marina Del Rey Hospital on Saturday afternoon and will be reexamined this week. I have advised Dwight not to travel and to undergo rehabilitation treatment for the next three weeks in Los Angeles. He has agreed with my recommendation. While it is anticipated that Dwight will not be able to participate in the Olympics, I am very optimistic that he will be able to play next season.’ Still, Howard’s absence could fuel speculation that he is estranged from the franchise and would ask for a trade after the postseason is over. General Manager Otis Smith said Howard, who is under contract through next season, has not asked for a trade. Smith also said that team officials are fine with Howard rehabbing in Southern California.”

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  • Dungeon Family

    Man Dwight really showed His true colors this season….Disappointed in My fellow ATLien

  • FnF

    Sources with knowledge of his thinking say that he is taking the “hurt on company time approach.”

  • LA Huey

    Is it wise for a guy that size recovering from back issues to be on the sidelines of a basketball game? I mean, I guess it’s conceivable that he join them in the locker room, come out to the bench every once in awhile and try to rehab off camera somewhere but is it fair to hold it against him for rehabbing elsewhere?

  • smoove

    you doo know why he is rehabbing in LA

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I think he should be their supporting his teammates, but given all the media circus surrounding him maybe it would be better he stays away.

  • Nigel

    Dwight is househunting as he’ll soon join CP3 with the Clippers. There is going to be two dominant centers in LA…

  • http://yahoo.com bobby

    I am exited to see where he goes. i hope he can match up with d-will that would be a could combo up in New jersey. Idk hopefully he can go somewhere where they can use is talent in better ways. hopefully alot better than Orlando. They don’t know how to take care of a star basketball player like Dwight. :)