Howard To Have Surgery, out for Season and Olympics April 20, 2012 13:18

It is being reported by ESPN.com, that Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, is to undergo surgery today to repair a herniated disk in his back, which effectively ends his season and any hope of competing in the London 2012 Olympics.

The big Magic center has been complaining about back problems since early March, but the injury wasn't diagnosed by a doctor until last week.

Pior to this season, Dwight had only missed two games during his whole career.

When speaking to ESPN.com, Dwight said that "I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse."

"He (the doctor) said I can start rehab right away and be back to full contact in four months...So I'm not really concerned. If anything, I'll come back stronger."

This season for the Magic, Howard has been averaging 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.