Dwight Howard recently seemed really upset that the Orlando Magic didn’t retire his number.
Via the Orlando Sentinel Howard said he wasn’t very happy when his former team allowed Tobias Harris to wear No. 12, which of course was his number in Orlando.
“I just think that despite whatever happened, there was a lot of things that I did and that we did as a team, and that number was special down there,” Howard said. “And I was a little bit upset about that.”
Dwight spent 8 seasons with the Magic, along side with him was Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy sides with Dwight that he should have his number retired one day.
Says Van Gundy: “To me it’s pretty simple: If you’re not going to retire the jersey of the best player in the history of your franchise, then you have to stay right where you are right now and never retire a jersey. There’s no other option.”
Hold up. Best player in the franchise? Out of all the players for the Magic franchise you’re choosing Dwight? So I’m guessing Shaquille O’Neal doesn’t fit in this category? Thats what it seem’s like.
Writes Diaz: “Dwight Howard gave us seven great years, Orlando. That’s a lot more to cheer about than that very bad final one. The least we can do is honor him by putting a jersey up in the rafters in the place he built.”
This jersey retirement became an issue during the Magic’s trip to Houston Wednesday to take on Dwight’s new team the Houston Rockets. That’s when Dwight was asked by the Sentinel’s Josh Robbins whether he thinks the Magic should retire his jersey.
“No doubt,” he answered. “Despite how things ended, we had eight or seven great years. We went to The Finals. A lot of those banners that are in the arena happened when I was there. I was a major part of that. A lot of the records that are there, I put them there. … I hate talking about myself, but I feel like I’ve done a lot, not just for the team but the city and the arena itself and the businesses that were around. There’s a lot of things that happened that didn’t happen before I got there. … I was deeply embedded in the community and I feel like one day it should [be retired].”
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