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Josh Howard: I had ACL surgery on my right knee about two weeks ago and everything turned out well. My recovery is going great. I'm taking it one day at a time, but actually enjoying it, because this time I know what I have to look forward to. The recovery time will probably be the typical 6-8 month range and I know what I have to do to get back to game shape. I'm very motivated. I can't even be upset right now. I've already been through this situation before with my left knee and that was worse, so I'm not going to let this stop me. The surgery was done by Dr. Souryal, the Dallas Mavericks team doctor. He said it was a clean tear of the ACL this time and nothing else was damaged. JoshHoward.com

I'm not the same guy I was way back when. I'm a man now. I've taken care of my responsibilities. I take care of the business at hand when it's presented to me on and off the court. It's sad that I can still honestly say that I have naysayers. I continue to prove them wrong, but they motivate me. I'd honestly like to thank them for that. I've been through a lot in my career and for me to be a 10-year pro in the NBA speaks a lot in itself with all the adversity that has come my way. This is just another hurdle that I'm going to jump over. God has bigger plans for me and I'm willing to accept them. As soon as I get myself right, I'll be looking forward. JoshHoward.com

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At 32, Howard, who averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11 games with the Wolves, is likely dealing with a career-ending injury. He worked out before Tuesday's game at Miami and said he expected his hyperextended knee would be healed enough so he could play Sunday at New York. He found out differently on Thursday morning after tests revealed the torn ligament. "You just feel for him," Adelman said of Howard, signed Nov. 15 after Chase Budinger suffered a serious knee injury of his own. "He was really going to help us. He was playing well. He worked hard. To have this come out of nowhere, I was just shocked. I know he was in shock when he found out." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Howard will play, after working well after shootaround with some of his new teammates and assistant coach Terry Porter to learn the most basic of the team's plays. He's not sure how much he'll play -- Rick Adelman said Thursday he's use Howard 5-6 minutes a half to spell Kirilenko -- but he's ready to play in the NBA again for the first time since last spring's playoffs with Utah. "The Timberwolves were looking for somebody to step in and fill in until those guys get back," Howard said, referring to the aforementioned three as well as Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Chase Budinger. "I'm glad they thought of me. I got tired of working out every day. I was ready to be with a team." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Howard could have been a Timberwolf nine years. In fact, many Wolves fans felt he should have been. Instead, the Wolves took Ndudi Ebi late in the first round in 2009, bypassing Howard who was drafted shortly thereafter. "I remember Ndudi Ebi's name getting called before me," he said. "That was kind of motivation. No disrespect to him, but I just used that as motivation throughout my career and this is another opportunity. Minnesota gave me a shot, so I'll just go out and give it my all." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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