The Magic will have to attempt to navigate the playoffs without Dwight Howard, as their star center will undergo back surgery that will cause him to miss the remainder of the season. Howard and the Magic have had a rocky relationship during the past year, but it could be salvageable -- it's just that the team might have to fire coach Stan Van Gundy to make it work.
Van Gundy or Howard?
Dwight Howard reportedly has told Magic management that he won't play for Stan Van Gundy anymore.
Trade for Howard?
Howard is under contract for one more season, but any attempt to trade for him likely would be an expensive one.
Howard's game is one of the NBA's most dominant, but he might lack the ability to really close out a tough playoff contest.
As the starting center for Team USA in the 2008 games, Howard helped bring home a gold medal.