Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 1:40 pm  |  19 responses

Stan Van Gundy Says the Orlando Magic Should Retire Dwight Howard’s Jersey

Dwight Howard’s old coach, the guy who he got fired in Orlando, continues to stick up for him. Stan Van Gundy and his brother Jeff both think the Magic should hang Howard’s jersey up in the rafters of their gym. (What? Dwight said he’s sorry for everything!) Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Not only does former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy think Orlando fans should cheer Dwight Howard upon his return to Orlando Tuesday night, he believes the Magic should consider retiring the jerseys of Dwight AND Shaquille O’Neal. Van Gundy echoed the stance of his brother Jeff, an ABC/ESPN analyst who said on the broadcast of the Lakers-Bulls game Sunday that he believes the Magic should consider immortalizing Dwight’s No. 12 and Shaq’s No. 32. ‘They are the two best players in the history of the organization,’ Stan said. ‘If you’re not going to retire their numbers then whose numbers are you going to retire? Maybe you don’t have to retire any numbers, but to me, yeah, if you’re going to retire any numbers, those would have to be the first two.’ [...] ‘I think he should be greeted very well (by Magic fans),’ Stan said. ‘He had eight very good years here. … While he was here, he did a great job for the organization and took it to unprecedented heights. I would think the fans should reward that and give him a very nice ovation.’”

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  • Drig

    Not sure what Stan is trying to do here……..I could understand with Dwight but Shaq deserted Orlando. And he won a lot outside of Orlando. His best games aren’t in an Orlando jersey. Plus, he left Penny when the two looked like they could’ve been ( in hindsight ) Kobe-Shaq LITE…….. Dwight does have a reason to get his jersey retired though.

  • RayJr

    Not too sure about this, but I would think its up to the player and where they would want their number to be retired. Am I right?

  • Yesse

    I agree, but i also think they should add Penny there as well.

  • bike

    Tomorrow night’s game would be a great time to do that.

  • Erik Barnett

    First the natural response to the Van Gundy’s reuqest of #12 and #32 being retired….


    you know what type of people get their Jerseys retired? Its the type
    that stays with their teams through the good and bad. And if the stars
    align they are able to win a championship atleast once with said named
    team. Let look at the old school players who have achieved exactly this.
    Bird, Thomas, Dumars, Jordan, Magic, Erving (76ers), Hakeem,
    etc. What they did, is what is required to have your number “FOREVER”
    related to the city you played for during your career.

    When people call out the name Shaq, Dwight, what team is then referenced… its not the MAGIC.

    I mean you might as well retire GRANT HILL’s number or TMAC…. Why not
    just put Coach Doc Rivers name in the Orlando rafters as well…..

    NO Dwight and Shaq made their call.

    They left Orlando because they felt they couldnt win.

    Why would we applaud that decision with the highest Thank You note of all.




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  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    the best thing is the joy other players get from this play. to me that gives lie to the idea that nba players don’t care.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Shaq left because he wanted to be a bigger star. Just thought I’d point that out.

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  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I feel like SVG has been trolling hard this year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they should. because they are the Magic. and you gotta start somewhere – edit, with someone other than Nick Anderson, most importantly.

  • nhm

    Tongue-in-cheek comment?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i was about to say penny

  • roscoe

    What a difference a year can make?

    SVG tosses dh12 under the boss in an awkward TV/history moment.

    SVG gets fired…

    SVG gets ESPN offer…

    SVG gets ESPN offer blocked by the Wizard….

    SVG looks in the mirror…

    SVG plays peace maker & trys to mend the dwightmare & ORL fiasco…


    SVG gets the Wizards blessing…

    And that is how the real world works ppl.

  • The Fury

    I see what you’re doing here Van Gundy’s

  • Rasheedionics

    Darryl Armstrong!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    hahaha good ol #10

  • http://twitter.com/BIG_Pham13 Phamie Aguam ®

    Penny, Shaq, Dwight, nick anderson and dennis scott. that’s what i thought.