Dwight Howard set to receive unlikely Orlando Magic tribute

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Dwight Howard is to receive his very own tribute at Amway Center during the Orlando Magic's game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, reports Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel.

The Florida franchise's 25-year celebrations look set to continue, with dominant center Howard reportedly set to receive a video tribute that will be played during a first-quarter timeout.

This is something the Magic have done on a few occasions already this season, but this particular tribute is sure to draw an interesting reaction from the home crowd given the somewhat acrimonious circumstances that eventually led to Howard being traded from Orlando to the Los Angeles Lakers in a blockbuster deal during the summer of 2012.

The eight-time All-Star - whose stay in LA did not last long after he defected to Houston following a hugely disappointing campaign at Staples Center that was beset by injury difficulties - was a first-overall pick for the Magic back in 2004 and even helped lead the team to the NBA finals (they lost out to the Lakers) five years later.

However, many Magic fans were evidently left unimpressed at his eventual departure and certainly weren't afraid to let him know it on the solitary occasion he returned to his former stomping ground with the Lakers last year.

God only knows how they will react to this tribute!


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