Report: Dwight apologizes to Orlando Magic fans

Published On: Mar 11 2013 08:35:17 AM EDT
ORLANDO, Fla. -

One day before Dwight Howard is scheduled to make his return to the Amway Center, the former Magic center is apologizing to Orlando fans for the way he handled his exit.

In a one-on-one interview with USA Today, Howard admitted making mistakes during his final months in blue and white.

"I handled a lot of stuff the wrong way," Howard told USA Today. "If any of those people in Orlando are upset with how I did it, I apologize for the way I handled it and the way it was handled by the media."

Howard told USA Today he wanted to make everyone happy and he still loves the city of Orlando.

"I basically grew up there," Howard said. "I did not want to leave [Orlando] behind."

Howard says his decision to leave Orlando was based on the need for a change in his life. Howard told USA Today he felt there was "something else out there" for him.

On Tuesday, Howard will return to the Amway Center for the first time since he left Orlando. Howard's Los Angeles Lakers play the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m.

Howard hasn't played a game at the Amway Center since April 5th, 2012, when the Magic played the New York Knicks. Howard injured his back and missed the rest of the season.

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