Orlando Magic 25th anniversary: Team to honor Darrell Armstrong on March 14th

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The scrappy point guard became a fan favorite in Orlando for his energetic, hard-nosed play.

The Orlando Magic announced Monday their plans to honor Darrell Armstrong during their game against the Washington Wizards on March 14th.

Orlando signed Armstrong as a free agent during the 1994/95 season and he made three appearances for the team. Over the next eight seasons, Armstrong grew from a fringe rotation player to a key part of the franchise's history, ultimately serving as an avatar of sorts for Orlando's 1999/2000 "Heart and Hustle" squad. The year before, he became the first player in NBA history to earn Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player honors in the same season.

In his nine-year Magic career, Armstrong averaged 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.7 steals on 41.9 percent shooting. He ranks fifth in team history in games played, fifth in minutes, ninth in points, 10th in rebounds, third in assists, and second in steals.

Armstrong currently serves as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. A break in Dallas' schedule will enable him to attend Friday's game: Dallas has a road game against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and doesn't play again until it faces the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on Saturday.

The first 2500 fans in attendance on the 14th will receive a commemorative photograph, measuring eight by 10 inches, of Armstrong and Magic guard Doron Lamb.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary season, the team has previously honored Tracy McGrady; Anderson; Pat Williams and Jim Hewitt; Dennis Scott; Pat Garrity; Horace Grant; Bo Outlaw; and John Gabriel, Jeff Turner, and Sam Vincent; and Penny Hardaway on these "Legends Nights."

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