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Josh Howard
Josh Howard
Position: -
Born: 04/28/80
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $40,327,083 ($56,004,791*)
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban caused a bit of a stir last week in a sitdown with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, revisiting a story he has told before (video below) about his belief that a trade with the Lakers to acquire a then-disgruntled Kobe Bryant leading into the 2007-08 season was essentially “done.” The proposed deal, which Cuban said he was negotiating directly with Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, would have resulted in a package headlined by Jason Terry, Josh Howard and future Dallas draft picks going to L.A. Yet two sources familiar with the Lakers’ thinking at the time contend that the trade, from their perspective, was not as close to completion as Cuban sensed.
One source said that the Lakers took only one proposed trade that summer to Bryant to gauge his willingness to waive the no-trade clause he possessed … to Detroit rather than Dallas. Bryant vetoed the trade to the Pistons headlined by Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince instantly and wound up reporting to training camp when the Lakers, in circumstances reminiscent of Brooklyn’s now, stopped looking for trades. Bryant ultimately had his concerns about the Lakers’ ability to content post-Shaquille O’Neal assuaged when L.A. managed halfway through the season to acquire Pau Gasol from Memphis.
Howard was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., played college basketball at Wake Forest – which is also located in Winston-Salem – and is now the head basketball coach at Piedmont International University. By the way, Piedmont International University is located in, you guessed it, Winston-Salem, N.C. This journey through the basketball cycle of life is a fairytale ride which Howard doesn’t take for granted. “For me to be able to come out of my hometown, go out in the world, do what I’m supposed to do and come back and get to be a coach right here in my home city, that’s a classic story,” Howard told Mavs.com. “For me to be able to say that and experience that, it’s a blessing.”
Still, just because he’s moved on to the college game doesn’t mean Howard has forgotten his NBA connections. He keeps in contact with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, and with players he bonded with during his playing days. “I keep those bridges that I’ve built with certain people,” Howard said. “Cuban definitely supports what I’m doing and it’s a blessing for me to have people that really care about what I do out here. Cuban has never lied to me. I respect a man like that.”