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Dwight Howard

TALKING to Van Gundy

During Playoff Run

5/4/2012 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard tells TMZ ... he's been in constant contact with head coach Stan Van Gundy since his back surgery ... saying they've spoken "a bunch of times" since the playoffs began.

Dwight was on a walk in Beverly Hills today ... when we asked how life has been since he underwent back surgery in L.A. for a herniated disk last month.

"Sad" ... Howard said ... adding, "Just a little sad that I can't be in Orlando with my teammates in the playoffs."

"I went back and forth with the doctor for a couple of days ... and he just said, 'Dwight I need you to stay here, I don't need you to go back home, I don't need you traveling on the plane ... anything.'"

"I feel like I'm in jail," Dwight said ... "I just really wish I could be there for my teammates."

Dwight says he's been watching every game and speaking with teammates since he's been sidelined ... "supporting them, telling them what they need to do."

But then the bombshell -- Dwight says he's been talking with Coach Van Gundy "a bunch of times since the playoffs began" ... shocking since Stan believes Dwight has been trying to get him fired from the head coaching job.

As for rumors that Dwight faked his injury ... Dwight says it's all B.S. -- claiming the fragment that was floating in his back was the largest fragment his world famous surgeon has ever seen.

"I would never quit on my team, I would never quit on my fans."

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Butters_Creamy_Goo    

First

880 days ago
2.

Jim in Cali    

Not buying any of this. Howard has acted like pampered clown this whole season whining about needing to play in a bigger market, trying to sabotage Coach Van Gundy's authority and then playing disinterested at times on the court. You are a professional athlete paid millions of dollars and all you do is whine, whine, whine while the good fans of Orlando reward you nicely by coming to games and buying merchandise. This guy needs a swift kick in the butt and the coach he does not like is also responsible for making Howard a much better player (check the stats b4 Van Gundy coached him and after). Grow up Howard.

880 days ago
3.

Metta Worldhate    

F--- you, Dwight. You already quit on your team and your fans. Now you are not only a quitter, but a liar, too. Well, you already were, but you're even more of one. You suck at life.

880 days ago
4.

myopinion    

Why did he have to travel to Los Angeles for back surgery? No surgeons in Florida?

879 days ago

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