The Orlando Magic fanbase had a lot of good times during the Dwight Howard years. Much like when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, the past didn’t matter. The fond memories were instantly washed away by the way that Howard left the team that drafted him. While Howard doesn’t regret leaving the Magic, he was still upset when the franchise decided to grant the wish of their new player Tobias Harris, who asked to wear Howard’s No. 12.
“There were some things that I missed about Orlando,” Howard said. “There’s a lot of situations that nobody really knows that I kept on the inside, but there’s some things about Orlando that I missed. I’d say that getting out in the community and doing a lot of stuff that I did, I miss doing that stuff in Orlando and the relationships that I built with a lot of people over there in Orlando. I miss that.
“But I have no regrets. I’m happy everything happened the way it happened. Even though I got hurt in the process and I had to go through a tough time, it made me a better person. I’m more mature now. I know how to handle situations different than I did back then.”
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.”
Since leaving Orlando, Howard didn’t really help his reputation as he decided to also leave the Los Angeles Lakers. He seems to have finally come to terms with the criticism and scrutiny, but seeing someone else instantly take his number clearly stings. What do you think? Should the Magic have retired Howard’s number or did his departure wash away all the good times he had with the team? Let us know in the comment section below.