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Dwight Howard wants Magic to retire Penny’s number

Nov 14, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

Anfernee Hardaway #1

Should the Orlando Magic retire the number No. 1 jersey of Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway?

Here are the stats: Hardaway played six years in Orlando, was a four-time All-Star in that span, helped the Magic reach the NBA finals, was two-time First Team All NBA, and along with Shaquille O’Neal helped put the Magic on the map as a franchise. He was big in the community, but injuries took its toll on his game.

Dwight Howard thinks that should be enough to get his number retired. Here is what Howard told the Orlando Sentinel.

“I think when the season starts – whenever that may be – he should have his jersey put up for what he did not just the team, but for the city,” Howard said. “We all know how great Penny has been for the game of basketball.”

Penny played in Howard’s Orlando charity game recently and got the loudest ovation of all the players, the Sentinel reports. Maybe there is a groundswell of support for that in Orlando.

The question is, what is the line where you say a player has done enough, is big enough to get a number retired?

For Dwight Howard, not moving on next summer might be enough.

If Penny does get his jersey retired, I want ‘lil Penny to do the introduction.

  1. hystoracle - Nov 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    NO. 6 years and 4 all star games not enough criteria for retiring anyone’s Jersey.

  2. stinkyking - Nov 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Penny is still out of favor with many of the Magic front office brass for the “mutiny” against Brian HIll. I think he’d have to make the first public moves for reconciliation before any number would be retired.

  3. ronjon77 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Retire to where? There is no league. lol

  4. mogogo1 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    I’d be inclined to say “no” but props to Dwight Howard for giving a darn. Most NBA stars wouldn’t care unless it was their own jersey.

  5. pellypell - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Dwight is just trying to set the precedent. When the discussion involving retiring his jersey is brought up for debate someday, nobody can say, “No, you can’t retire it, he didn’t win any Championships”

    Someday he will be done playing basketball and will have led the Magic to the same # of Championships as Penny. Dwight is a very forward thinker.

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