Dwight Howard to Miss 2-3 Months Following Back Surgery

by November 30, 2018

Dwight Howard underwent back surgery Friday, and will be sidelined for 2-3 months.

The L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy is intended to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined the big fella this season

Howard, 32, inked a two-year, $11 million deal with the Washington Wizards this summer.


Howard received a recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles on Thursday and might seek further consultation before making a final decision on a surgery that would cause him to miss a significant portion of the regular season.

Howard aggravated a piriformis muscle injury in a Nov. 18 game against Portland, and has missed 12 of the Wizards’ 21 games this season, plus training camp.

Howard, an eight-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player, has gone from a star to a journeyman in recent seasons. He has changed teams in four consecutive years, bouncing from Houston to Atlanta, Charlotte to Brooklyn, and finally, Washington.

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