This is a no brainer.
Of course, Darrell Armstrong is going to be honored at some point this season by the Orlando Magic for its 25th Anniversary season. He was the heart of some of the most memorable Magic teams and a constant presence on the floor.
Armstrong is easily among the greatest players in Magic history not because of his numbers — 11.7 points per game, 5.1 assists per game in nine seasons — but because of his sheer will and determination. Magic fans loved the way he bounced off the walls and played with so much energy.
This is a guy who was given nothing. He was plucked out of the CBA during the 1995 season and stuck on the roster.
Armstrong, humble as always, was a little awe struck when the notion was brought up by John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com:
When you are this small, you’ve got to do special things to stay in the league and make plays. That’s why I dove on the floor and dove into the stands. I tore up my body sometimes, but at the end of the day, the people who go to work every day can appreciate something like that. I think that’s why they appreciated me and that’s why I still get that applause and people telling me that they miss me and that I’m their favorite player. Those things are special to me. There have been so many great players come through Orlando, and for the fans to continue to give me love, it’s something really special.
There should be no doubt that Armstrong will get some recognition when he rolls into town with the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 16. That should be a special day for No. 10.
The Magic plan to honor its greatest players, former coaches and front office staff on Friday games throughout the season. That honor kicks off with Tracy McGrady being honored during the team's first home game next Friday, Nov. 1, against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Darrell Armstrong is currently an assistant coach with the Mavericks. Dallas visits Orlando on Saturday, Nov. 16. If there were a day to recognize Armstrong for his near-decade contribution to the Magic. He provided so many great memories. It should be a really special night for Armstrong and the Magic.