HoopsHype Josh Howard rumors

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Now, the jump in Howard’s step is gone, but he’s still working to regain a foothold in the league. “I want to show these guys I still have my legs, I still have my work ethic, and I’m 34,” Howard said after suiting up for the New Orleans Pelicans in a game in last month’s NBA summer league. “I’m still out here running around with these 24-year-olds.” After a strong opening performance in Las Vegas, his playing time dwindled until it disappeared. The New Orleans coaching staff knew what Howard could do and wanted to look at younger players. Grantland

Howard was born bowlegged. His limbs were so curved that doctors had to break them and reset them in casts so he could walk straight. His mother, Nancy, was a teenager when she gave birth to him. Howard was raised under her care and also under the watchful eye of his grandmother, Helen. The family attended church a few times each week. Howard grew up on the east side of Winston-Salem, and he rarely crossed into any other area. “A train track basically divided the city,” Howard said. “We didn’t cross the train tracks coming from the south and the east side because we figured wasn’t too much going on on that side anyway. Actually, where I live at now, if I was in high school we would have thought that was like an all-day trip.” Grantland

Some believed he inherited his athletic gifts from his father. Howard did not know. He remembers first meeting his father when he was about 8 years old. It was a fleeting encounter. His father did not seek out a relationship even though he still lived in Winston-Salem. “I still gave him an opportunity in high school,” Howard remembered. “He showed me his other hand, so it was like, Well, I did it twice. If there’s ever a chance we can meet again and talk about things, I’ll let him do the talking mostly. I’m 34 now, so there ain’t too much he can tell me outside what I’ve already figured out with the bumps in the road, things that he probably don’t want to think of.” Grantland

Howard made a bad situation worse the night of Game 4, when the Mavericks lost and fell into a 3-1 series hole and Howard passed out flyers for his birthday party in the postgame locker room. New Orleans went on to eliminate Dallas in the next game. “You were disappointed that something like that would come out in a playoff series,” Johnson said. “Everybody has made mistakes, and I think if Josh could do it all over again, he wouldn’t have made those comments.” Grantland

Still, followers of the NBA were beginning to develop a negative image of Howard. “I knew that wasn’t me,” he said. “It’s the perception without people even asking me. They just want to go off what they read or what they heard from somebody who thinks they know me.” A week before the 2010 trade deadline, Dallas sent Howard to Washington with Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross, and James Singleton for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson. “Of course I wanted to finish my career in Dallas,” Howard said. “What player wouldn’t want to finish their career where they started off? But I saw it as a new beginning as well.” Grantland

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All of which helps explain why Howard is currently playing for the Austin Toros in the NBA's Development League, making $25,000 for the season. "Beggars can't be choosy is what my grandma said," Howard told Yahoo Sports. "I'm just happy to be out there playing. I love the game. Ultimately, this is a game I played as a kid to get outside of the house away from grandma and mama – 'You ain't going to make me vacuum today. I'm going to play ball.' " Yahoo! Sports

The San Antonio Spurs own and operate the Toros, but Howard is free to sign with any NBA team. If no one signs him, he thinks he'll try to play in the summer league for someone. Whenever he does decide to retire, he hopes to open a chain of childcare centers. For now, though, Howard is determined to try to work his way back to the NBA through the D-League, no matter how unglamorous his current surroundings. "I don't feel sorry for myself," he said. Yahoo! Sports

Howard said he was "at his lowest" after injuring his knee for the second time. Rather than attempt yet another comeback from knee surgery, Howard could have opted to retire. He said he's invested well and saved money after listening to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. "Cuban gave me a lot of good advice," Howard said. "I really wasn't a big spender." Yahoo! Sports

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The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived forward Josh Howard. Howard was originally drafted 29th overall in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks where he played for seven seasons (2003-10). He has also suited up for the Washington Wizards (2010-11), Utah Jazz (2011-12) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (2012-13). NBA.com

According to those familiar with the Spurs plans, Howard was not signed on Friday so he could be on the opening night roster. Instead, it is expected he will sign a D-League contract with the Austin Toros, which will give the Spurs a chance to monitor his progress and his physical condition. The 6-foot-7 Wake Forest product had surgery on his right knee in January after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a Dec. 14. game in New Orleans while playing for the Timberwolves. San Antonio Express-News

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