Oct 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. The Pelicans defeated the Rockets 116-115. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets C Dwight Howard upset the Orlando Magic gave his jersey number away

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will face off with the team that originally drafted him and he spent the first eight years of his career with, the Orlando Magic, on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, Howard told John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com that he doesn’t care what his critics have to say about his performance with or how he left the Los Angeles Lakers.

Howard also told Denton he wanted to “recreate” what he had with the Magic, saying he missed certain things about Orlando, like the Magic’s NBA Finals run in 2009 and the charities that he participated in.

Howard complimented the Magic, but admitted to being a little upset about something.

“I would say that (the Magic) did some good things. They’ve got a lot of great pieces,’’ Howard told Denton. “But I’m still a little upset about the No. 12. I just think despite whatever happened, there were a lot of things that I did and we did as a team. That number is special down there. I was a little upset about that.”

Forward Tobias Harris, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade involving guard J.J. Redick just before the trade deadline last season, wears 12.

In 27 games with the Magic last season, Harris was very productive, averaging 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

Denton points out Harris wears the jersey to honor Morgan Childs, a former teammate of Harris’, who died of leukemia at age 17.

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  • Chancey Edmondson

    3 Trade Deadline moves the Magic should make:
    Jameer Nelson + Doron Lamb for Jeremy Lin
    Andrew Nicholson for John Henson
    Aaron Afflalo for Lou Williams
    Potential 2014 Roster:

    • Dusty Reynolds

      Chancey, Uhh… No, I don’t care if you want to trade potential for potential and Hell NO! If we are to trade away valuable trade pieces in Nelson and Afflalo it should be for draft picks or some player that is a difference maker. I don’t want a point guard that the league has figured out, turns the ball over too much, is short with no weight and can’t play defense. There is a reason he is on Houston’s bench. Afflalo has more talent than Lou, about the same age, can shoot and play defense, two valuable assets for a playoff team. I never trade starters for backups. I agree that these two as well as Davis needs to be traded but not for what you have thought up. I would like a real point guard like Rondo.
      Paired with Oladipo, and Harkless we could really lock down other teams front court and if we could get Oladipo and Harkless to shoot a high percentage (near 40%) from three the floor would be spaced as well as plenty of athletic ability.

    • Cal

      I’m gonna make it simple. I’m glad you’re not the GM.