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Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 2:20 pm  |  9 responses

Dwight Howard Seeking a Second Opinion on Back Injury in Los Angeles


Dwight Howard is on his way to L.A. and likely won’t be playing for the Orlando Magic over the next three games. The big fella is headed to the Left Coast to get a second opinion on his injured back. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Howard has missed four of the Magic’s last six games because of back spasms, and he suffered a setback when he practiced with the team Thursday. ‘He was not comfortable after practice yesterday at all,’ coach Stan Van Gundy said after the Magic completed their shootaround today. ‘I think [he] was hopeful that it would feel better. It didn’t. It felt worse to him, and so I think he wants to go consult somebody else.’ Howard and Van Gundy insisted as recently as Thursday afternoon that Howard has no structural issue with his back, such as a bulging disk. Van Gundy said that an MRI revealed no potentially long-term problems. ‘There’s nothing I can really do but continue to stay on it, stretch, get massages, do whatever I can,’ Howard said Thursday afternoon. ‘I’m just trying not to let it happen again, but I don’t want to go out there till I’m 100 percent. My team needs me playing 100 percent and not out there playing 60 or 70 percent.’ Ed Manalo, the team’s physical therapist, accompanied Howard to Southern California, Magic spokesman Joel Glass said.”

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  • Fat Lever

    Ironic that Dwight would have the back injury when he’s the one who stabbed SVG in the back.

  • bike

    He denies firing his his physical therapist.

  • FnF

    If he made a pitstop in Pheonix, his back would be healed before getting through the terminal.

  • Waggle

    “You want a second opinion? You’re ugly too”

  • memo

    Lakers meeting anyone? LoL

  • ab40

    probably a herniated disc. I wouldn’t be surprise. His posture is so hunched forward and he plays video games alday so he’s hunched again. Let’s hope this is not the begining of the end for Dwight. Because he doesn’t seem as strong willed as a Larry Bird who played through the pain for years on end.

  • Magic

    Dwight had an epidural done today at Marina Del Rey Hospital, by Dr. Robert Watkins Jr…..same physician who did Peyton Manning’s neck surgery

  • dma

    dude is done for the season. maybe even year. watch magic miss playoffs somehow.

  • Dartse

    Forget meeting with Lakers, he prolly met with Cuban in LA.

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