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Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  14 responses

Dwight Howard Hopes the Orlando Magic Retire His Jersey One Day


Despite being a little hurt that they gave away his old jersey number to a new player, Dwight Howard says he can envision the Orlando Magic raising his jersey to the rafters at some point in the future. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “(Wednesday) morning, after Howard’s Houston Rockets completed their shootaround, I asked him whether he can envision the Magic retiring his number one day in the distant future. ‘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. Our team, we did an excellent job at putting all that stuff together, especially in the community. I was deeply embedded in the community and I feel like one day it should [be retired]. But with all that happened, I can’t control that. All I’ve got to do is win. And, hopefully, when I’m done playing here, I’ll have my jersey retired here.’ The Magic are celebrating their 25th season. So far, the franchise hasn’t retired any player’s number, but it has retired No. 6, in honor of the team’s fans, ‘the sixth man.’ Howard holds the Magic’s regular-season career records for the most points (11,435), most rebounds (8,072) and most blocks (1,344).”

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  • shockexchange

    As a kid, the Shock Exchange hoped to grow up and marry Jayne Kennedy one day, but … uh … *Welp*

  • LLC#12

    WHY DOES HE CARE!! Why does he care what his ex-ex team is doing? Why does he spout rubbish at every opportunity? Why does he have no friends who say “Hey Dwight, maybe stop talking all the time”? So many questions….All he should care about is this season and winning and proving he isn’t a complete chump. He shouldn’t even think about the past, never mind ramble on about what he achieved in his day like some senile old man.

  • Lloyd

    “(Wednesday) morning, after Howard’s Houston Rockets
    completed their shootaround, I asked him whether he can envision the
    Magic retiring his number one day in the distant future.”

    He shouldn’t answer questions that are directly posed to him?

  • LLC#12

    He should answer something along the lines of “its not on my mind now” “im just worried about my current organization” “all i’m thinking about it this season” or a thousand other replies of a similar ilk.

  • Lloyd

    So now an athlete shouldn’t be honest in an interview, they should just give the cliche, politically correct, boring answer?

    and besides, he did say all that:

    “But with all that happened, I can’t control that. All I’ve got to do is win. And, hopefully, when I’m done playing here, I’ll have my jersey retired here.”

  • LLC#12

    Not every athlete, but one who has to try and stop seeming like an idiot all the time should. So yes, he should have given a boring answer.

    Yeah he did say all that. Should have been all he said though.

    We appear to be at loggerheads here Lloyd, lets agree to disagree. I’m not the argumentative type.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Honesty is the best policy but opinions are dangerous. Knowledge without human empathy is like giving a child a weapon.

  • Lloyd

    I don’t buy it. People act like Howard calls press conferences himself to announce these things. He answers a question where he has no input on how it’s edited or realeased. I don’t think he said anything wrong here.

    Alright well it’s easy to comment and buy into all the Dwight Howard hate and get upvotes from the other people caught up in the trend, but again, realize that he answered a question that was asked to him, and you chose to click on the link to see what he had to say about it.

  • Lloyd

    …now it’s immoral for Dwight to want to have his jersey retired? Dude, stop trying to philosophize the situation…it isn’t working

  • Dfrance

    C’mon SLAM, you posted a variation of this same story yesterday. Reporters can ask Dwight the same question over and over, and he can continue his dumb answers over and over but SLAM DOES NOT have to post the same story over and over.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    morals i’ll edit it and say human empathy make it more clear

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s already retired, in some trash can somewhere

  • Magic Fan

    As a kid huh? You still talk about yourself in third person . Grow up crotch exchange

  • vINSANITY

    Just focus on getting it retired in houston

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