Dwight Howard is undeniably one of the best players that the Orlando Magic ever had. In the same instance, however, he is also one of the most reviled by the fans. Despite that later title, Howard is a bit upset by the fact that his No. 12 jersey number wasn’t retired.
“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,” Howard said.
Usually to have your number retired, you have to lead your team to a championship or stay with the team for most of your career. Howard did neither. There’s no doubt that he did amazing things for the Magic, but he also left the team…and the fans have never forgiven him for that.
Howard may have worn the jersey for eight seasons, but No. 12 is now worn by Tobias Harris in memory of a friend who died of leukemia. This begs the following questions: Are you always required to retire a jersey number for a player who did great things for your team? Or is it only for special occasions? What are your thoughts?