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Houston (CBS Houston)- The Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will face his former team the Orlando Magic Wednesday night as the team continues their preseason run.

This will be Howard’s first visit back since asking for a trade in 2012.

According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Howard was disappointed with the Orlando Magic for allowing Tobias Harris have his No. 12 jersey.

“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.”

The Magic acquired Harris and granted him Howard’s former number which by the way, Robbins says is because, “Harris wanted to wear No. 12 as a tribute to a close friend who had died of leukemia at 17 years old.”

Howard was then asked Wednesday at shoot-arounds if he thinks his number should be retired in Orlando and he said, “No doubt.”

Howard continued by saying,”Despite how things ended, we had eight-seven great years and went to the finals. A lot of those banners that are in the arena happened when I was there.”

You can’t help but bring up ‘how things ended,” as a reason or at least a debatable topic on why Howard’s number might never be retired in Orlando. His antics and the drama that ensued in 2011-2012 wasn’t just talk-show fodder but rather a major distraction for the Magic and ‘coincidentally’ left the franchise with the worst record in the NBA last season.

So do you retire the jersey number of the man who leads your franchise in points, blocks and rebounds or do you focus on the manner and antics of your superstar in his last years playing for your franchise?

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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