Links: Dwight Howard will miss playoffs after back surgery

April 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Injured Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard claps from the sidelines against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Today's links:

  • Big news of the day is that Dwight Howard will miss the playoffs and 2012 Summer Olympics after having season-ending back surgery yesterday to repair a herniated disk. Howard has gotten a lot of grief from fans, much of it deserved. But anyone who has ever had a herniated disk or knows someone who has also knows how serious an injury it is. It doesn't get better with rest and surgery to repair them can be so dangerous that many choose to simply live with the pain. Here's hoping Howard can make a full and speedy recovery. [SB Nation]
  • Also, now Billy Hunter and the NBPA's executive committee are seeking Derek Fisher's resignation. Your move, Fish. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • BNIE expounds a bit on his original 'promising clay' argument, drawing a clear distinction between a contending roster and one with a batch of promising post players and a gifted, young point guard.
  • Great work here in jkahn15's weekly Clipboard on Jan Vesely's passing, Chris Singleton's vanilla offensive game and more.
  • As always, everything is rosy with Ted. [Ted's Take]
  • It may have been completely unnecessary and only for 18 minutes, but gosh it was good to see Nene back on the court against the Bucks. [Washington Post]
  • Nene wasn't sure if he was going to be able to play before pregame warm-ups, but decided he wanted to help prevent a Milwaukee sweep. [Washington Times]
  • Some more reaction to the Bucks game. [Truth About It]
  • The Wizards have been out of the playoff contention and looking to play spoiler for what seems like the entire season. They'll get two more chances against the Heat, who are battling the Bulls for the top seed in the East. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking of the Heat, the Big Three are feeling it as 'analysts' have took to calling the trio's second season together a 'championship or bust' campaign. [Washington Times]
  • The Wizards are also using these final games to prepare for the offseason. [Washington Examiner]
  • Brian Shaw has been one of the NBA's "hot" assistants for years now and seems to come up in every discussion dealing with a team looking for a new head coach. He's going to get a gig somewhere soon. His M.O. is helping develop young players. Do the Wiz have any youngsters that need developing? [Indy Cornrows]
  • Speaking of young players who could use some molding, Britt Robson has a good summary of Jan Vesely's rookie shortcomings and future potential in his latest power rankings, which are always a must-read. [SI.com]
  • So yea, Sixers CEO Adam Aron asked Philly fans who they would keep on and trade from the roster. Talk about being a man of the people. [ProBasketballTalk]
  • Kevin Love is awesome as basketball. But this mustache is the greatest thing he's ever done. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. [SB Nation]
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