Dwight Howard signs contract extension with Orlando Magic
Howard, originally the No. 1 pick in the 2004 NBA draft, has not missed a single game in his three NBA seasons. He made his first NBA All-Star Game appearance this past season, when he averaged 17.6 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.He became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20-plus rebounds in a single game (Dec. 1, 2004). This season he ranked among NBA leaders in field-goal percentage (second), rebounding (third), blocked shots (12th) and minutes played (29th)."This was really where I wanted to be. I want to retire in Orlando,'' Howard said. "Me and Mickey Mouse will be here forever.''Howard will play this season in the fourth year of his original rookie contract, paying him $6 million. His extension will start the following year at $11.7 million.