Found April 19, 2012 on
BOSTON -- The fans' passion eventually shone through, even if it took a while to do so. The Orlando Magic, minus Dwight Howard, were a lot less intimidating than usual, and it took some time for the TD Garden crowd to be convinced that, yes, this was an actual NBA game. Finally, when old buddy Glen Davis stole the ball and dunked it with 11.6 seconds left to cut Boston's deficit to two points, they snapped out of it. When Paul Pierce drained a 16-foot jump shot to help seal the 102-98 victory on Wednesday night, everyone was reminded why...

Howard's injury leaves defensive void for Magic

Up until late March of this year, Dwight Howard seemed almost indestructible. The 1 pick in the 2004 NBA draft played in 351 consecutive games for the Orlando Magic (5 seasons) before missing his first game. He had only missed a grand total of 7 regular season games in his first 7 years in the league until this season. The superman moniker seemed appropriate. Now, for first time...

Report: Howard won't play for coach

Center Dwight Howard reportedly has decided he doesn't want to play for head coach Stan Van Gundy any longer and will consequently likely sit out of the playoffs.

Report: Howard to have season-ending surgery

Dwight Howard tells 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...

Dwight Howard’s back surgery will keep him out of Olympics

Dwight Howard will have season-ending back surgery that will also keep him out for the London Olympics, his agent said on Thursday. Howard last played on April 7 and missed a few games before he was diagnosed with a herniated disc, which apparently has worsened. He’s opted for surgery and is hoping the decision will end all the talk from people who believed he was tanking the...

Dwight Howard's Season-Ending Back Surgery Makes Previous Reports of Him Quitting on Team Shameful

Dwight Howard will not play again this season, and it will not be because he wants to gain leverage in potential contract extension talks this summer or to protest Stan Van Gundy's continued employment as head coach of the Orlando Magic. Howard will miss the rest of the season, the Magic announced Thursday, because he will undergo back surgery, wiping out his plans not only to...

Back Surgery Will End Dwight Howard’s Post Season And Olympics Hopes

Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard’s emotion filled season has come to an end according to a report from the “Orlando Sentinel” Thursday night will undergo surgery Friday morning to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. The procedure will keep the big man sidelined for the NBA Playoffs as well as prohibit him from playing this summer in the 2012 Olympic Games...

Is Dwight Howard the most hated man in the NBA?

It is amazing how fast things can change in the world of professional sports. Just a year ago, Dwight Howard was one of the most admired and likable players in the entire NBA. It could even be argued that he was that among all professional athletes. But this was before there were any discussions about [...]

Report: Howard tells owner he won't play for Van Gundy

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard told team owner Rich DeVos that he won't play for coach Stan Van Gundy anymore, WKMG in Orlando reported on Thursday. Howard was angered that Van Gundy publicly divulged that the superstar center asked management to have him fired, WKMG said, citing sources. Howard made the call to the 86-year-old DeVos during Friday's game against the...

Dwight Howard Didn't Make Statement That He Wasn't Going To Play For Stan Van Gundy

The truth has FINALLY come out about the report claiming that Dwight Howard wasn't going to play anymore under Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy.According to a person who told USA Today, Howard did not call Rich DeVos -- co-founder of the Amway Comporation and owner of the Orlando Magic -- making the statement that he would not play "anymore" as long as Stan Van...

Howard injury news affects Olympic roster

The Olympic ranks are getting thin. And USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo hasn't ruled out restocking them. With the Orlando Magic announcing Thursday night that center Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery, four players now look to have been scratched from the list of 20 finalists for the London Games. Others out are injured Chauncey Billups and LaMarcus Aldridge and...

When Did it Become OK for Coaches to Publicly Lay Out Their Teams’ Dirty Laundry?

I’m a bit of two minds on this, but I want to see if I can come to a cogent point. When Stan Van Gundy let it be known to the media that Dwight Howard was working to get him fired, minutes before Howard himself was set to face the media, I couldn’t help but stand and slow clap (in my head, of course). It was the ultimate F.U. to Dwight who has ran roughshod over his coach, the...

Andrew Bynum not interested in Olympics team, prefers to take care of his legs

Dwight Howard’s back surgery created a need for more depth at center on the USA Basketball Olympics team, but don’t expect Andrew Bynum to fill the spot. Bynum, who is considered by many to be the second-best center in the game behind Howard, says he prefers to rest his legs in the offseason. “Probably not,” Bynum said after Friday’s loss to the Spurs, when asked if he...

Magic PLAYOFF Wands 4/17

New York, N.Y. (36-25) vs. (31-29) Time/TV: 8 p.m./TNTLine: Knicks by 3Tickets: $137-$1494 on TiqIQMagic's Magic Number for Sixth: 2 Team Record GB 3. Indiana 39-22 -3.0 4. Boston 36-25 0.0 4. Atlanta 36-25 0.0 4. Orlando 36-25 -- 7. New York 31-29 4.0 7. Philadelphia 31-29 4.0 1) After a season of distractions, the Magic...
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