Howard: ‘No Regrets’ … But Steamed Harris Is Wearing No. 12 In Orlando



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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – If Dwight Howard is really trying to put his checkered recent past behind him, he has a strange way of making it happen.

The Houston Rockets’ All-Star center has jilted fan bases in Orlando and Los Angeles (Lakers) in each of the past two seasons, bolting for what he believed to be a better situation in each instance. But he still wants to feel the love in both places.¬†After staying silent for weeks while he was orchestrating exists from both places, Howard is finally opening up about how things went down.

The break-up in Orlando was about him not trusting the folks in charge to have his back after he and Stan Van Gundy‘s routine head-butting on certain things went public during that infamous post-shootaround scene where Van Gundy told reporters that he knew Howard had asked that the Magic fire him.

When the Magic fired Van Gundy in May 2012, Howard’s mind was already made up. He was gone. The trade to the Lakers ended in disaster as well, with Howard being unable to co-exist with Kobe Bryant and his misgivings after the franchise hired Mike D’Antoni to replace Mike Brown instead of Howard’s preferred choice, Phil Jackson.

Howard explained his thought process to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

“There were some things that I missed about Orlando,” Howard said. “There’s a lot of situations that nobody really knows that I kept on the inside, but there’s some things about Orlando that I missed. I’d say that getting out in the community and doing a lot of stuff that I did, I miss doing that stuff in Orlando and the relationships that I built with a lot of people over there in Orlando. I miss that.

“But I have no regrets. I’m happy everything happened the way it happened. Even though I got hurt in the process and I had to go through a tough time, it made me a better person. I’m more mature now. I know how to handle situations different than I did back then.”

Howard views the Rockets as a championship contender.

He thinks Houston has similar talent to the 2008-09 Magic squad he led to the NBA Finals.

On Tuesday, Howard compared Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons to Hedo Turkoglu and Rockets shooting guard James Harden to Courtney Lee but also added that Harden has more scoring ability. He compared Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley to Rafer Alston and Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin to Anthony Johnson.

Howard said he was disappointed that, last February, 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.”

What Howard may not realize is that Harris is wearing No. 12 to pay tribute to a close friend who had died of leukemia at 17 years old.

Simply put, Howard can’t have it both ways. He can’t depart the way he did and expect anyone in Orlando to hold him in the same regard they did before the bottom fell out.

The Magic might change their tune some day, years from now when the sting of the divorce wears off a bit more. And Harris will rock that No. 12 jersey well. He was one of the biggest and most promising surprises for a Magic team that struggled mightily last season in their post-Howard existence.

Clearly, this drama is not going away, no matter how many times everyone involved tries to make it so. Howard will have to relive and rehash these things every time he sets foot in Orlando and Los Angeles. And maybe that’s the ultimate burden he’ll have to bear, the eternal venom from fan bases scorned (Magic fans will at least admit they were torn to shreds when he left).

Howard says he has no regrets … time will tell!

95 Comments

  1. Tim Roseberg says:

    Dwight Howard acting like he retired from the NBA so now they gotta retire his Number ? That like saying Lets Retire 23 on the Cavs cause Lebron Help us alot or saying lets Retire 15 on the Nuggets for Melo

  2. roytroyboymccoy says:

    hahahaha, dwight dwight dwight, seriously. after the storm of S you made in orlando, after the crazy drama crying transfer during months, after 0 title, 1 weak finals. so much disrespect for the magics.
    you are joking with the number right.

  3. BullsFan08 says:

    There are two points that I want to mention. First are people forgetting the talented shooters they had on that team when the magic went to the Finals. Yes Dwight was the main star but still. Second he should be concentrated in getting his jersey retired in Houston since now he has to live up to the expectations of another legendary big man Hakeem.

  4. Haters gonna hate says:

    You idiots try to fill Dwight’s shoes and let’s see how you feel.

  5. J says:

    I haaaaaaaaate the offseason. what is this article even about? I’ve already heard he has no regrets and it is just a number that anyone can where, it isn’t that important.

  6. darren says:

    dwight howard will retire without a title because theres no i in team he will never put his ego aside

  7. Stu says:

    I didn’t follow Dwight’s leave from Orlando that closely but seems that an intense and challenging personality was a big factor as it was at LA. I can’t see that happening in Houston so he has no excuses

  8. johnny g says:

    Peepz I will a sure you one thing, Dwight will get his respect whether you like it or not this season.Rockets already the highest scoring team in preseason by a long shot.

  9. Sunny says:

    All true star players show sportsmanship to their fans, not cry baby stuffs ok! until Dwight can win a champion trophy, we will continue to critize him with his acts on the court. We respect true ball players out there.

  10. Peter Macarone says:

    Dwight is a big baby. Who does he think he is? He is not a championship center

  11. chad says:

    lol lin = anthony johnson, and harden = courtney? by that comparison i really think the rockets have a chance

  12. Jman says:

    You don’t get to complain about someone else wearing your number when you choose to wear another team’s name…IN YOUR PRIME. It’s different for guys like MJ, Truth, Nash etc. But if you ask me –> LBJ, KG, Shaq, Amare and others that left in their prime shouldn’t be commemorated like that. SORRY

  13. Max says:

    Poor D.Howard! He just cannot get alone with any team and finds fault with all Coaches!! Howard is going down the TUBE!!

  14. Jibi says:

    He is crying about jersey numbers?? Oh boy…

  15. NBA Fans says:

    If you guys no care about Dwight then stop saying his is immature.
    You can go praise your own favourite NBA star and makes you look like mature.
    We true NBA fans appreciate Dwight’s humorous and his contribution to any team he stay before.
    We enjoy basketball game.
    At least he is still one of the best center in the league and he’s playing in NBA while you saying he is a whiner, he can’t success or cry baby, How about you? :)

  16. JP says:

    I don’t know what D Howard want.He is such a cry baby.Hey Howard knows this,Orlando fans doen’t care what you thinks anymore,So keep your mouth shot.If you can say sothing positive and with sense, just be quiet.

  17. George says:

    Dwight is one my favorite players, with that being said, he just needs to focus on basketball and not care who wears his number 12 jersey, grow up and put your big boy pants on Dwight.

  18. svabo says:

    DEar Howard,

    Your comments was something special. Cheers!

  19. jboy says:

    jeremy lin = anthony johnson? seriously?

  20. Greg says:

    those comparisons are shocking…i bet hes hearing it from them LOL courtney lee and james harden in the same sentence ?! hedo turkoglu had a couple of good 3 point shooting years. and comparing jeremy lin to a third string point guard?! Hourton Rocket chemistry…..crumbling as we speak

  21. dmh says:

    He needs to stay away from the microphoone! End of story. Everything that comes out of Dwight’s mouth is insulting, incoherent needy jibberish anyways.

  22. vincent says:

    happy he joined the rockets…but seriously grow up wtih the whole number thing,

    and comparing Lin to Anthony Johnson?LOL

  23. Sicko81 says:

    Amazing how this sissy, egotistical overrated player is still in the spotlight.. Only in America

  24. david says:

    A cryer will always cry…

  25. bonuntr says:

    Dwight….make room for the future of big men…Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. 3 years from now, every team will be wining and dining them…..Your done, move on.

  26. QueensBridge says:

    Howard is a loyal guy. The Magics should respect Howard for effing up the Magics and management. So loyal that he eff up his time with the Lakers. He’s a loyal guy. He’ will get 40,000 middle fingers when he returns to play at the Staple Center for his loyalty.

  27. Fahim Sharifi says:

    Wow

  28. ReD says:

    I support lin, harden and parsons, which is why i will watch a houston rockets game. howard… is just meh!

  29. Clippersfan4471 says:

    Looks like Dwight spent too much time with the Lakers. Still living on past glories!

    • Brendan says:

      ok im a huge clipper fan felt like crying bout corey maggette being waved yesterday (spurs) but come on if any1 can live off past glory’s it should be lake show. so i’ll just say this go lakers unless there playing the clippers ;). and on Dwight topic I love the guy and we should look at full quotes but ya Dwight that’s just silly they aint retiring nothing there try to hang that jersey up for rockets and you will have something just for yourself that no one else can wear. and I agree with the get rich or die trying quote the only difference is Dwight want to be loved and he just doesn’t understand how attached fans are to there teams they can have tremendous attachment to individual players but some level of team success needs to come first and only if that player shows commintment to said team it just all went down wrong for Dwight so as amazing as those numbers are with magic it’s overshadowed by the media fest and you need to let your best years go.

  30. dustydreamnz says:

    Houston, we have a problem.

    • BBFan#! says:

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  31. jim says:

    Actually Penny was a little upset that so many PGs took his number after him, and he’s right to be, Magic has not had a better PG than him since.

    I am a big penny fan and saw it on one of his more recent interviews

  32. pokie says:

    To me, Tobias Harris choosing to wear the 12 speaks to his desire to move the Magic forward. He doesn’t need a knock for it. He’s taken on a challenge. He’s challenging his teammates and his front office to get over the whole Dwightmare and start thinking about basketball again. It’s not disrespect. It’s called leadership, Dwight. Look it up.

  33. ism says:

    Oh dear…and I thought Howard was finally growing up…
    I honestly think – or should I say thought? – that the Rockets are going to be a great team this year, if not a championship contender. But this jersey-number-talk after one forgettable year plus the player comparisons sound childish… although I don’t have the whole quote…that’s just the kind of things that I think Howard has to abandon once and for all. I do not even blame him for the messed up Lakers season, but he still has to show that he is a mature player. Most times, that is important for one’s game. Just look at LeBron…

  34. Sam says:

    What does he think they will retire his number in Orlando? He got to the finals once and lost. Then he ditched the team and sold out his coach. Yeah great legacy he left there!

  35. Dan says:

    Yes, you’ve clearly matured Dwight. Whining about someone wearing your jersey number, comparing Harden to C. Lee…you’ve clearly come a long way Dwight

  36. Neil Young says:

    So…he basically wants them to retire his number? Don’t you have to do something memorable and produce Hall of Fame worthy performances over a long period of time, not 8 seasons, letting the door hit him on the way out?

    I bet he asks the NBA to retire his number across the league. One of the most overrated players in history.

  37. Anthony says:

    Tmac and Trevor Ariza both took Penny’s old number. Even GILBERT ARENAS, even thou he said it was a tribute cause he was a huge penny fan growing up. Dwight maybe played longer, but penny with Shaquille MADE the magic what they will never be again. They were probably the next biggest team world wide behind only the bulls in the mid 90’s. Here in Sweden, if you could buy a jersey in our soccer-overloaded-sports stores, then YEAH, you were awesome! Nobody ever heard penny cry about his number. To me, both Shaquille and penny should have their numbers in the rafters. It’s not about the banners, that kind of impact they had…oh my god. And nick Anderson should also have his, since he was the original magic. At the same time, I just hope the hornets will honor LJ and muggsy one day. Those two made nba global just like mike, Larry and magic did.

  38. aaron says:

    OMG you guys are mean and hateful just because he left two teams for the good of his career, everyone just going to spit on him. their is no loyalty in this thing on either sides unless your the spurs. Have none of you seen get rich or die trying (show no love, love will get you killed).

  39. Ben. says:

    Howard is the biggest CLOWN the league has ever seen…

  40. Kevin says:

    So what? He was expecting his number to be retired without ever winning a title with them?

  41. Ao1 says:

    i thought Glen Davis is the “Big Baby?” I guess, it’s Dwight Howard

  42. C. Allen says:

    Hey wait a minute. Didn’t Rafer Alston wear #12 when he was with the Rockets back in ’06 and ’07.DAMN, Dwight. How can you dis him like that?

  43. #1heatfan says:

    dwight howard is a b i t c h!!!

  44. michead says:

    only people who look for that much attention are 16 year old girls and Dwight Howard

  45. Muraddin says:

    LOL??! Players like Duncan, Kobe, Garnett, etc. may want to retire their jersey.. but not Howard… i’m sick of him…

  46. Javier says:

    So this idiot just found out that #12 is worn by Harris?

    Guess what Dwight Coward, the fans that once adored you and called you “D12″ burned your jersey. YOUR #12 means nothing to them.

    D12 has been replaced by T12. Yes, Magic fans are calling him T12 lol.

  47. Hartono-07 says:

    Dwight COWARD !!! too much talking no skill and action. Rockets is a contender? over rated !!! try to beat clippers, spurs, warrior, and etc. i hope that Rockets will loose to Lakers this season, really want to see Dwight’s face, can he smiles? lol

  48. Chris says:

    What he did in Orlando was great, he has a right to feel anyway that he wants. I just wish he would stop falling for the bait. Stay away from the reporters, there are vultures and are only looking for headlines and reader responses. Rasheed Wallace had it down, “both teams played hard”, “gave 110%”. They are only going to take yours words and use it as a way tos spit venom at you, so why give them the poision in the first place?

  49. Nebbie says:

    no surprise, cry baby d-coward

  50. esboa says:

    Only true greats get their numbers/jerseys retired ,

    nor quite there big D

    doubt if you’ll ever be…

  51. Toley says:

    How the hell do you compare harden to Courtney lee Howard u are a moron and I hope you fail in Houston

  52. justsayin says:

    Dwight if you wanted your number retired, smelling the bacon wasn’t enough – you had to bring it home.

    A finals ‘appearance’ just won’t cut it any more than ditching halfway through your career..

  53. Bigtime says:

    Coward

  54. Jeff says:

    What a hypocrite! A once talented basketball player became too smitten with himself and his lack of respect for organization has diminished his reputation and his skills on the court. He should just keep his mouth closed and play basketball.

  55. Zacula says:

    Ahhh… the weekly comic relief from DumDum.

  56. Tony says:

    Noone really cares about Howard, why do these guys keep writing about him.

  57. Dwight Howard ( http://www.hostnumber.com/dwight-howard-career-stats.html ) should not be concerned whether the Magic give the #12 to a player. It looks like he wants them to retire the number, lol

  58. jw says:

    So glad your gone from LA, Dwight there is so much smoke around everything you say and do your a fire hazzard.

  59. Rocketss says:

    Well, he said he was dissapointed a bit because of him wearing N12, how is that immature?

    • Clippersfan4471 says:

      To give you perspective, let’s replace the jersey with a bike. Dwight left Orlando and left his bike behind. Now he’s upset because some other kid is riding his bike that he didn’t want anymore. That is very immature!

      • His Airness says:

        To have your number retired is an honor an organization bestows upon you. It is not a right. Players numbers are not retired before the player retires? And basically, Howard wants that? That is immature.
        Also Howard said that he didn’t trust the very people who might bestow that honor upon him.

        But it is more than an honor, it is for fans to remember history. But no one in Orlando wants to remember that history right now. And Howard can’t empathize with those feelings, he wants people to recognize him.

  60. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    Dwight, just be quiet and focus on trying to win your 1st champion… on your 3rd team in 3 years

  61. abcdefg says:

    Why would you still try to insult and hurt Orlando fans, and the fans all over NBA ?
    That guy must be missing some screws.
    What a joke. Some time ago when Shaq said Bynum was a better offensive force, and everyone cried about it. HE WAS RIGHT. At that time Bynum was way better and skilled offensively. Howard is far away from the Hall of Fame guys already there. All the great players, were mature beyond their years, They got stuff figured out about the game and themselfs, something what other players cant. They got the capacity to learn and they know how to learn. He is dumb and will not get better, he is not capable of developing his game further, and lacks common sense in all terms compared to other superstars. He just got other stupid stuff like this on his mind. Trash talk, cry, feel important. He will not get better unless he hits his head hard.

    • His Airness says:

      Well there were a lot of great players who were immature. Here are several: Isiah Thomas, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Walton, Shaquille O’Neal, Rasheed Wallace, Ron Artest, Dennis Rodman.

      • GW says:

        yes but the players you mentioned knew when the turn the switch off and just play dominating ball. Howards mindset translates in his game on and off court. Big crybaby is all he is.

  62. Tommy says:

    Still can’t believe this is still going on…. He needs to move on. I like Tobias Harris, he can actually shoot FT’s. He’s only 20 or 21 and he averaged 17 and 9 with us? He’s a diamond in the ruff.

  63. FrankL2010 says:

    Mature? Being upset when others wear your number is not a sign of maturity at all. There is no personal patent on your number and any team can allow if a player would request to wear it. Unless, that number is already retired by the team

  64. ApexPredator says:

    Sounds to me that maturity is still not one of Howard’s strong points. Jersey numbers are owned by the organizations and players can request the number they wear, I think this was mentioned above. Comparing Harden to Lee is a slap in the face to Harden who truly became an all-star after leaving OKC. What Howard needs to do is stop talking and play basketball, the Rockets are contenders (4-5 seed) may be higher if they get along.

  65. Antonello says:

    come on dwightmare…what about try winning a title?

  66. This is Crazzzzy says:

    None of Dwight’s comparisons make sense, Chandler Parsons is much different than Turkoglu. James Harden is an all-star, Courtney Lee is not. James Harden is possibly a better player all around than Dwight is at this point. Rafaer Alston is a much better ball handler, but Patrick Beverley is a great role player just as Alston was. And the Lin vs Anthony Johnson comparison= Ludicrous.

    • Kayos says:

      “(Magic fans will at least admit they were torn to shreds when he left).”

      What, are Lakers fans supposed to admit to being “torn to shreds”? He was only there for one year, come on. Not 8 years for the Magic fans. And his contract was up in 1 year. You expected every Laker fan to emotionally invest themselves in this joker? At best the people that were already fans of the guy who also happened to be Lakers fans were disappointed. .

      But don’t imply that just because we brought him in on a chance for the future that everyone would suddenly be completely and utterly devastated when he left. After a season like that, many expected it.

      • His Airness says:

        And to be fair, if the lakers didn’t trade Howard, they would have had the injured Bynum instead. It was actually quite a good trade for the Lakers in that respect.

  67. William Simmon says:

    Dwight Howard is showing his immature cry baby antics have not stopped. His self-centered thinking is more suited for a golf or tennis player. This type of mentality will never result in a championship for him as he continues to ruin team chemistry from one franchise to the next.

  68. MagicFan says:

    Wasn’t that the same team that he said was a bunch of people that no one wanted. He moved on and so did we.

    • GW says:

      exactly. He did say that about his previous Orlando team..
      Also curious how Harden will like being compared to Courtney Lee or Jeremy Lin to Anthony Johnson. SMFH making friends quick huh Dwight? Someone posted above – “He is like this annoying little kid trapped in a grown mans body” couldn’t change a word there if I wanted to.

  69. Whatanidiot says:

    What an idiot. Orlando can do whatever they want with the #12 organization. As far as I’m concerned if Howard doesn’t wanna wear that jersey he can stay quiet about who does. He is like this annoying little kid trapped in a grown man’s body. You “got hurt” when you left orlando? My god, you signed with another team Howard. Stop acting like anyone cares about your emotional journey. Shaq would have never…

    • Jordan says:

      He got hurt when he had that debilitating back injury and torn up shoulder ya moron

      • alp says:

        excuses excuses, if your going to play through an injury, then play through it at your best with no excuses afterwards. if he was REALLY hurt he shouldn’t have played at all

      • His Airness says:

        Saying you had an injury isn’t an excuse.

    • fdsa says:

      he got traded to the lakers, it wasn’t a free agent choice

    • Tyrell says:

      You cant compare Dwight to Shaq in that sense…They both played in different times and have different personalities. Dwight is more free spirited and he expresses how he feels. I want Dwight to have much success wherever he dicides to play because he has to live with his actions at the end of the day. Dont critize someone unless you are in there shoes. Also, Dwight does have a right to say that his number should be retired because he has brought alot to he Orlando Magic Organizaion. Shaq isnt Dwight and Dwqight isnt Shaq. I am tired of hereing these compasrisons between the two. They both are the best centers of their time but what Shaq did, Dwight shouldnt have to do the same thing. So let Dwight do Dwight because at the end of the day he is happy and thats what matters to him.

  70. cdg says:

    Is being compared to Rafer good?

    • Macc says:

      That year Rafer helped get them to the finals it all went down when they let Jameer back in the starting lineup

      • Howard says:

        Two words, seven letters for Dwight. It ends with the u, but doesn’t start with the L. It’s the F.I’m putting a spell on Dwight Howard so he will fail miserably throughout his bball career.

      • Howard says:

        finally got a hold of Dwight’s dirty sweaty jersey with his dna..

      • alp says:

        jameer nelson has no killer instinct at all, i’ve seen multiple games where the magic have lost and or gotten blownout in doing so and jameer nelson is all smiles like its nothing serious. you can’t win with a guy like that no matter how good they are