Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/19/12

Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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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 in Howards basketball career, he has suffered a significant injury. Reports surfaced on Thursday night that Dwight Howard will undergo back surgery, effectively ending any hopes the Magic had of retaining Dwight's services for a playoff run. And the Magic, for the first time in more than 7 seasons, are finding out what life is like on the basketball court without the 6-time all-star. Howard has already missed eight games since first suffering from back spasms after a rough and tumble game against the Dallas Mavericks on March 30th. The team has fought hard in those eight games, at times has been a bit of...
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