The followers of the Magic went to the Amway Center to watch the first practice open to the public by his team and took the opportunity to give their support to the star power forward Dwight Howard, although it has asked to be transferred .
Besides giving support with shouts and applause, the more than 9,000 spectators who attended the field of Magic also asked 'Superman' to stay with the team and the city of Orlando.
Howard, who spent seven seasons with the Magic, made his first appearance before fans since he requested the transfer on Saturday and responded with a big smile to all expressions of support expressed in signs recorded from a website "StayDwight. com "to simply" Dwight, please stay ".
The player admitted that he knew what could be expected after all the negative things that were said about him in social networks.
"We all thought we'd have a different scenario, but now what to do in preparing for the new season and start it positively," said Howard, who on Thursday insisted that nothing had changed on his request to be transferred.
Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, has the permission from Magic general manager Otis Smith, to be able to negotiate a possible transfer with Nets, Lakers and Mavericks.
The Magic, if not make the transfer and do not get the contract extension by Howard, the conclusion of the 2011-2012 regular season the player will become an unrestricted free agent.
Howard acknowledged the standing ovation he received from the fans when he was introduced to the rest of the companions was something very special.
"I was thrilled," said Howard. "It's nice to see the reaction we have had and that from the first day that I said I liked and loved this city."
Howard also recalled that when he arrived in the league knew his team as "Orlando Tragic" and pledged to change that perspective so that never uses the word "tragic."