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Dwight Howard is 'upset' the Magic essentially didn't retire his number

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Dwight Howard may not like D'Antoni, but won't ask for him to be fired, reportedly.    (USATSI)
Dwight Howard thinks his No. 12 should be off limits in Orlando. (USATSI)

Dwight Howard spent eight seasons in Orlando, going from franchise hero into one of the most reviled players in the league.

And for that, he thinks his No. 12 jersey should be in the rafters, evidently.

Sigh.

Via the Orlando Sentinel, Howard said he wasn't very happy when his former team allowed Tobias Harris to wear No. 12, which of course was his number in Orlando.

"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."

As the paper notes, Howard likely is unaware that Harris wears No. 12 to honor a friend to died of leukemia at 17 years old. Oof.

Basically, Howard thinks the Magic should retire his number. Again, he played eight seasons for the Magic and while he was unquestionably excellent, taking the team to the Finals one year before eventually turning the entire fanbase on him, I don't think he meets the typical criteria for having your number retired. Normally, the fans like you. That's probably step one. And Howard's not getting past that step.

So good luck with that, Dwight.

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