Early Thursday morning, it was reported that Dwight Howard was refusing to play another second for Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

While we stand by that report and fully believe Howard did tell ownership he refuses to play, it doesn’t matter anymore. The superstar center has announced he’s undergoing season ending back surgery to repair a herniated disk which will end his season and keep him out of the Olympics.

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