The Orlando Magic will go into the postseason without their best player.
Dwight Howard is scheduled to have season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back Friday, team officials and Howard’s agent said Thursday night.
Robert Watkins, who will perform the surgery in Marina del Rey, Calif., and Magic team orthopedist Craig Mintzer both agreed that surgery was the best option for the perennial All-NBA center.
“Dwight went in for an MRI Thursday morning,” Dan Fegan, who represents Howard, told the Orlando Sentinel.
“When the results of that MRI came back, it appeared from that MRI that the problem had worsened, the tear....