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Dr. Chetan Patel, spine surgeon at the Spine Center at Florida Hospital Altamonte, treats patients with strained backs and pain all the time. In fact, 80 percent of the population has back problems at some point intheir lives. Dwight Howard is one of them.The hospital notes that Dr. Patel is not the medical expert involved in the Orlando Magic center's treatment.

Dwight HowardORLANDO -- This lockout-shortened season has to be the worst in the Dwight Howard era for Orlando Magic fans. They now have reason to cry foul heading into the playoffs



ORLANDO, Fla. -- Loyalty is a word today's professional athletes rarely practice when it comes to free agency and the allure of playing for a big market team. But not Dwight Howard.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Martin Truex was in first place midway through the Daytona 500, thanks to a push from Denny Hamlin. With the lead, Truex earned a $200,000 bonus.



Chris Perez of Stetsomn UniversityCourtesy photo by Jim Hogue photos / A strong offensive game from Chris Perez was no enough Saturday for the Stetson Hatters to keep their college basketball hopes alive for a post-season berth.

SPARTANBURG, SC – Chris Perez scored a game-high 23 for the Stetson Hatters of DeLand, but it wasn't enough to overcome USC Upstate with four players in double digits and an abrupt end to the basketball season.   


Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard tells media Wednesday he supports teammates Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson joining him on the 2012 NBA All-Star ballot.

ORLANDO -- If Dwight Howard had his way, he'd have teammates Jameer Nelson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jason Richardson joining him in the marquee game, but he's the only shoo in with the ballot unveiled Wednesday.


The 61st NBA All-Star game is Feb. 26 at the Amway Arena in Orlando. The last time Magic hosted an All-Star game was 25 years ago with Magic Johnson making his return after his shocking announcement that he had contract the HIV virus. Johnson was the game's MVP with 25 points as the West romped over the East 153-113.  Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls led the Eastern conference squad with 31 points.

Dwight HowardORLANDO -- It's pretty much a given that when the 61st annual NBA All-Star game is played here at the Amway Arena, Dwight Howard will be the starting center. But he may not be alone.

Three other Magic players are on the All-Star ballot: Point guard Jameer Nelson, shooting guard Jason Richardson and small forward Hedo Turkoglu. Richardson has had a phenomenal start in the early going of this contracted season following the lockout, but Howard is clearly the star attraction not only on the Magic squad, but the league as a whole.

All eyes will be on the four-time All-Star with the likely trade talk swirling gain as the NBA's best come to town with the likes of LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The last time Orlando hosted the All-Star game was 1992, with Magic Johnson's return to the NBA after his shocking announcement that he had contracted the HIV virus. Johnson won the game's most valuable player award.

Highlights of the Feb. 9, 1992, game were shown Wednesday as the Magic and the league joined in announcing the start of balloting for the All-Star Game. Magic Johnson led the West to a 153-113 blowout over the Eastern Conference all stars.

Howard said he's pumped about the game: "It is special having it here. We've been talking about this for the last couple of years and how we were going to make this game very exciting and good for our city... We're looking forward to putting on a good show for Orlando.''


Check out this video highlight: Orlando's Dwight Howard bats a ball into the third row and salutes the crowd early on in Thursday's blowout of the Nets at home.

ORLANDO -- The New Jersey Nets don't have center Brook Lopez. The Orlando Magic have center Dwight Howard. Translation: Nets get blown out. And that's exactly what happened before the home crowd Thursday night as the Magic easily dispatched of the Nets, 94-78.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- Vince Carter's place as the starting shooting guard lasted all of one game as the Dallas Mevericks went with Delonte West in Monday's 115 to 93 drubbing by the Denver Nuggets, 115 to 93 on Monday night.


Orlando bounced back from an opening night loss to Oklahoma City to defeat the Houston Rockets Monday night.

ORLANDO -- In the waning minutes of the third quarter, J.J. Redick was apologetic to the referee for a foul that led to a technical, but it wasn't that big a deal. The Orlando Magic dispatched of the Houston Rockets at home tonight, 105-94.



Daytona Beach's Vince Carter started at shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks at home before a raucous Christmas crowd, scoring 5 points on the losing end as the Miami Heat gave a little payback to the defending NBA champs.

Lebron James scored 37 points for the Heat in the 105-94 win in a game that was lopsided in Miami's favor despite the final score.