Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 11:50 am  |  24 responses

Dwight Howard Upset the Orlando Magic Didn’t Retire His Jersey Number

When the Orlando Magic acquired Tobias Harris via trade last season, they didn’t blink when he asked to wear jersey number 12. Dwight Howard has moved on and believes he’s on a title contender in Houston, but still, the big fella admits that it hurt him that his old squad gave his old number away so quickly. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Houston, he said, is the best place for him, and when he chose the Rockets, he didn’t repeat the mistakes he made during his painful, drawn-out final year with the Magic. ‘Everybody’s saying I was a ‘coward’ for leaving [the Lakers], and I knew I was going to get that,’ Howard said Tuesday. ‘But I think with the situation I had to do what was best for Dwight. I know when I wanted to leave Orlando, and I decided to stay, I wasn’t happy on the inside. I wanted to please everybody else and ended up hurting a lot of people by doing it the way I did. So, this time it’s like I had a second chance. I said, ‘You know what? People are going to hate me for whatever reason, so I can’t allow that to stop me from making my decision.’ I thought that my decision took a lot of guts because everybody’s saying, ‘How could you leave the Lakers and six billion fans?’ But I don’t care about being an outcast or about being somebody that may look bad. All I’ve got to do is win now, and I’m in the right situation.’ On Wednesday night, Howard and the Rockets will face the Magic in a preseason exhibition. Some of the old hurts seem to have faded for Howard and the Magic. Of the four franchises that participated in the blockbuster Aug. 2012 trade that sent Howard to L.A., the Magic are the only team to still have any tangible, long-term assets from that deal. Orlando netted center Nik Vucevic, swingman Maurice Harkless, swingman Arron Afflalo and several protected future draft picks. Still, Howard’s departure sent the Magic on a clear rebuilding path — a complete teardown that left Orlando with the NBA’s worst record last season. ‘I would say they did some good things,’ Howard said of the Magic. ‘They’re very young right now. Once those guys learn how to play the game and grow into their games, they’ll be fine.’ [...] Howard said he was disappointed that, last February, after the Magic acquired Tobias Harris in a trade, the team granted Harris’ request to wear No. 12, Howard’s old number. ‘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.’ (Howard likely didn’t know, and perhaps still doesn’t know, that Harris wanted to wear No. 12 as a tribute to a close friend who had died of leukemia at 17 years old.)”

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  • French Toast

    Please! Just shut your mouth for ever!!!!

  • Anon

    LOL. Dwight is a reporter’s dream. If you got a slow news day, just point a microphone at this clown and you’re good for a whole week’s worth of controversy.

  • LLC#12

    “But I think with the situation I had to do what was best for Dwight.” What book has he been reading to begin talking like that?..

    I wish Dwight would just shut up. The more he says, the more he says stupid things. I feel sorry for him in a way cause I think he’s trying to say the right things but, he just sounds like an idiot all the time. Why does he care about what his ex ex-team is doing?

  • Fat Lever

    “Dwight Howard has moved on and believes he’s on a title contender in Houston, but still, thebig fella admits that it hurt him “…Um, apparently he hasn’t moved on if he’s still feeling that way about his number being re-purposed.

  • joey

    first thing I thought when reading the title was ” is this guy serious??”

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, that 3rd person talk is so annoying.

  • Omar

    Have they retired Shaq’s number?

  • hoodsnake

    This guy



  • vannshy

    Dwight, stockexchange = same battle

  • RedDragon10

    They need to get on that. Also T-mac’s…

  • bike

    Dwight, it’s that time again for you to go to your Happy Place.

  • jub_al

    here’s my reaction to the the title of this post…


  • Melvin flynt

    Howard does not deserve it he was never good enough!

  • Lloyd

    That’s ridiculous. No where did Dwight say that he expected Orlando to retire his number here. I think he was just unpleasantly surprised at how quick they were to give away his number after he left. He shouldn’t be because they were probably pissed at him, but again, he didn’t say he wants his number retired.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    He’s still an active player! The Magic might one day retire his number, but he should be retired first. Ridiculous reaction on his part.

  • robb

    ‘gimme gimme gimme I deserve everything’

    Shut up crybaby

  • Lenin-Gil Phillips

    Metta World Peace & Joakim Noah might have something to say about that

  • victorMOLASSES

    I was eating a sandwich when I saw the headline and I nearly choked.

  • danpowers

    as much as i love to play the devil’s advocate for howard, but this statement is just silly

  • http://reverbnation.com/ends1 ENDS

    You Mean Pennys number

  • grgeblck

    What? Not an anti-dwight, but this is too much from Dwight.

  • TV63

    You don’t see Lebron crying about this. He’s going on 3 years from Cleveland and his jersey isn’t retired. Wait your turn. Focus on your game Howard; forget about the petty stuff.

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