Howard: Retire Hardaway’s Jersey Number
Dwight Howard accomplished something on Sunday night.
At a time when fans are blaming players and owners for the NBA’s bitter labor dispute, he lured about 8,000 basketball-starved fans into UCF Arena for a glorified exhibition and made them cheer pro hoops again.
Penny Hardaway, who left the Magic under difficult circumstances, received a huge ovation when he was introduced before tipoff. And, afterward, Howard suggested that the franchise retire Hardaway’s old jersey number.
“I felt great because I hadn’t been back here, especially in this type of atmosphere, since I left the Magic,” Hardaway said. “And I thank Dwight for doing that because I don’t know if it would ever have happened otherwise. So he kind of broke the ice sort of for me coming back here.”