It being the Magic's 25th Anniversary season, fans have naturally begun to wonder when the team will retire its first jersey (besides the honorary No. 6 for the Fans).
There are plenty of candidates you would think are eligible for jersey retirement. Nick Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway, Shaquille O'Neal and Tracy McGrady quickly come to mind. You can make a healthy argument for Darrell Armstrong, Horace Grant and (eventually) Dwight Howard.
Would the Magic actually retire a jersey finally this year? It seems to be a perfect fit with all the nostalgia sure to be present in Amway Center this year.
There is a criteria for the Magic to retire jerseys, according to Magic CEO Alex Martins on Open Mike on Thursday:
Alex Martins: "Some years ago, we established our internal criteria for what we believe warrants the retirement of a jersey. And we keep that in the drawer. When it is time to retire somebody's jersey, we'll know because it is on a sheet of paper as to what they are."
It is good to know that the Magic have at least discussed the notion of retiring a player's jersey and have an understanding of what that will take. It does not seem likely at this point that the Magic will retire a player's jersey this year. Although, Alex Martins might be playing coy to keep the surprise when it is time to do so.
What are those criteria?
Martins would not say on the air Thursday morning. Judging by the players that have come through Orlando and would be up for a jersey retirement, it sure sounds like winning a championship is the missing element toward jersey retirement. At least, for that first one to set the precedent.
What would be your criteria, and do any current Magic greats deserve that honor?