Dwight Howard will board a plane to Los Angeles on Friday, and soon after he lands, he'll be flat on an operating table having surgery on his spine. And just like that, Superman's bizarre season in Orlando will come to a fitting end.
A season of drama, indecision, public embarrassment and unseemly squabbling with his coach will end for Howard with the one thing that has been so elusive for him and for the Magic: finality.
Well, two things: finality and closure. More than we may know, perhaps, on both counts.
Howard won't play another game for the Magic this season, and he may never play another game for coach Stan Van Gundy. Who knows? After all this, he could have played his last game for the Magic, period. Water hasn't simply flowed under the bridge between Howard and the Magic this season....