Howard Reaches Critical Point

Plenty of distractions for young NBA stars, Howard is no different than any other player

Josh Howard’s bad couple of weeks just got worse. Recently acquired Washington Wizards forward Josh Howard will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Howard was injured Monday night in Washington’s win over the Chicago Bulls, only his fourth game with the Wizards since being acquired from Dallas in a seven-player trade on Feb. 13.

No decision has been announced on whether Howard would have surgery.

Howard was plagued by criticism off the court while a Dallas Maverick, and was looking forward to starting over in Washington. Accused of missing a game due to hangover, Howard, Maverick officials, and fellow teammates have all said those accusations were false.

Whether he did or didn’t isn’t really important.

Josh Howard, whether real or implied, never really lived up to the potential that was blanketed over him the last couple of years in Dallas. Often criticized for what he wasn’t doing, it was easy to overlook what Howard was doing.

An All-Star reserve in 2007, Josh Howard created a high level of expectations. A confident player, Howard struggled with poor shot selection, was lackadaisical on defense, and was flamboyant off the court.

I was one that thought a new start somewhere else was what Josh Howard needed. A quality player, with a lot of upside, Howard is someone that you can build a team around.

He simply didn’t fit in Dallas.

This latest injury came at a terrible time for Josh. He started three games for Washington and scored 14.5 (averaged 15.3 in Dallas) points a game to help the Wizards go 3-1 since the deal.

It’s uncertain what Howard’s future is in Washington. Whether Howard is in the Wizards rebuilding plans remains to be see, but one thing is for sure. The only person that will prevent Josh Howard from becoming a regular All-Star selection and a star in this league is Josh Howard.

Howard’s partying is no different than any other young NBA player. Yet it’s a little concerning how much effort he puts into creating his image off the court, and the lack of dedication on it.

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