It’s been a while since Josh Howard played in the NBA. His last stint, with the Timberwolves in 2012, was cut short with a torn ACL after just 11 games. That injury came just two years after a torn ACL when he played for the Wizards. Once considered one of the best up-and-coming shooting guards in the league, he’s never been able to sustain a stretch of good health since his successful stint in Dallas, which included an All-Star appearance in 2007. But at age 35, he’s looking to give it another go, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram‘s Dwain Price:
Besides his standout season in 2007, Howard is more well-known for off-the-court issues than anything on the basketball court. In 2008, Howard famously said about “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “I don’t celebrate that s—.” He later apologized.
That same year, Howard spoke openly about his offseason marijuana use in a radio interview, saying “I don’t think that’s stopping me from doing my job.” He later apologized for these comments as well. At a time when the league was still dealing with an image problem in the years immediately following the Auburn Hills melee, it wasn’t a great look.
Can Howard contribute to an NBA team in 2015? It’s unlikely. He’s 35, and he’s had two major knee surgeries in the last five years. A camp invite is probably the most he can hope for.