On Wednesday night, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets will face the Orlando Magic in a preseason game.
It will be Howard’s first game in Orlando wearing a Rockets No. 12 uniform. Howard, the face of the Magic for several years, and a future Hall of Famer, will return to the arena he built, upset at Magic’s brass.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Howard is still upset that 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.”
Wait until Howard finds out that Harris wanted to wear No. 12 as a tribute to a close friend who had died of leukemia at 17 years old.