Report: Magic's Howard says he will have back surgery
Dwight Howard tells ESPN.com he will have season-ending back surgery. Orlando's All-Star center will undergo surgery on Friday morning in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk. The operation will end his season and keep him from playing in the Olympics in London. Howard tells ESPN: "I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse." Howard has been dealing with back problems since early March, but it wasn't until last week that a doctor discovered the herniated disk.There has been constant speculation about Howard's future in Orlando and his relationship with coach Stand Van Gundy. In February, Howard relinquished the option to become a free agent after this season and said he did not want to be traded.