Smith: Magic Did Not Misdiagnose Howard
On Friday, (Dwight) Howard traveled to the Los Angeles area with Magic physical therapist Ed Manalo to seek a second opinion from spine surgeon Robert Watkins. On Friday night, team officials announced that Howard has a herniated disk in his lower back.
On Sunday, (Magic GM Otis) Smith refuted speculation that the Magic medical staff misdiagnosed Howard’s injury.
“The diagnosis really didn’t change from one location to the other,” Smith said.
“It’s the same diagnosis we had and the same prognosis we had. They probably were a little bit more conservative than we would have been, but that’s normal. We were on the same rest and rehab [regimen] that he got over there. So, he’s going to rest and rehab for the next 10 days and see how we go from there.”