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Via Orlando Magic press release:
In continuation of the Orlando Magic’s 25th anniversary season-long celebration the team will honor former Magic great, Darrell Armstrong, at the Magic’s March 14 matchup vs. the Washington Wizards, tip-off set for 7 p.m. The night will feature a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter. Armstrong will join FOX Sports Florida’s broadcasts including Magic Live pregame show with hosts Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson and join broadcasters David Steele and Jeff Turner for a portion of the game broadcast. He will also be featured on Magic Drive Time radio show with host Dante Marchitelli on Thursday, March 13 at 5:30 p.m. on 740 The Game. In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive a collectible 8×10 photo featuring Armstrong and Doron Lamb. Armstrong will be available to the media at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in the Amway Center interview room.
“Legends Nights” is an on-going program which will honor former players/legends throughout the Magic’s Silver Season. Past honorees include Tracy McGrady, Nick Anderson, Pat Williams, Jimmy Hewitt, Dennis Scott, Pat Garrity, Jeff Turner, Sam Vincent, John Gabriel, Bo Outlaw, Horace Grant and Penny Hardaway. In addition to the Magic’s “Legends Nights,” the 2013-14 season will feature the Silver Ticket Sweepstakes and Scratch Off Promotion, special appearances, game entertainment and other events throughout the season.
Armstrong’s professional career began in 1991 playing for the Atlanta Eagles/Trojans of the USBL, from there he spent the next four years playing for teams in the CBA, GBA and overseas. Prior to his stint overseas, he volunteered as an assistant basketball coach and worked the night shift at a yarn factory in Gastonia, NC. He was discovered by then Magic GM John Gabriel and signed as a free agent for the Magic during the 1994-95 season. Armstrong played nine seasons for Orlando from 1994-2003. While with the Magic, he averaged 11.7 ppg., 5.1 apg., 3.3 rpg., and 1.7 stlpg. in 28.4 mpg., and received the NBA Most Improved Player Award and the NBA Sixth Man Award in the same season (1999). In addition to finishing fifth all-time in games played with Orlando (502), Armstrong ranks on the Magic’s all-time franchise list in points (5,898, ninth), assists (2,555, third), steals (830, second), minutes played (14,234 fifth) and 3-point field goals made (654, sixth).