Howard has season-ending surgery

Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard underwent surgery on the herniated disc in his back and is expected to fully recover in four months, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel.

Dr. Craig Mintzer, the team doctor, told the newspaper that Howard shouldn't have any restrictions upon a full recovery. The surgery was performed by spine surgeons Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Jr. in Los Angeles.

In a statement to the newspaper, Howard's manager, Kevin Samples, said the All-Star had the procedure at Marina del Rey Hospital. Samples said Howard "had a lumbar disk herniation with extruded fragments that were removed with a microscopic lumbar discectomy."

The 26-year-old center averaged 20.6 points and a league-best 14.5 rebounds over 54 contests this season. He is also expected to miss the Summer Olympics.

Orlando, which has clinched a playoff berth, sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.