Former Dallas Mavericks player Josh Howard will be meeting with the San Antonio Spurs today. The last time the Mavericks fans had to deal with Howard is when he had a meltdown with the Mavs during his last year with the team.
Fans remember during the 2007 NBA Playoffs when then-coach Avery Johnson specifically told Howard no parties during the post-season. Howard handed out invitations before one of the games against the Golden State Warriors and it would go down hill from there. We all know what happened that off-season when Howard was at a football game and was asked about the National Anthem which I will not say on here. I am sure anybody can still find the video on Youtube. Also during the that post-season against the Warriors, Howard went on air with Michael Irvin on the local radio station 103.3 ESPN Radio and told him that he smoked marijuana during the off-season and that it is his personal choice.
The Mavericks decided to part ways with Howard when they traded him on Feb. 13, 2010 to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Caron Bulter, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson. Ever since being traded away from the Mavericks, his career has slowly declined in Washington and with the Utah Jazz, averaging only 10 points a game compared to the 15 points a game he had during his seven years with Dallas.
If the Spurs and Howard agree on a short-term deal, then Howard will be on a team where he will be able to redeem himself as an NBA player. With all-star talent on the team in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to go along with role players like Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair, Howard will be able to build up his career where he left off when he was in Dallas. Howard could provide quality minutes off the bench coming in as the sixth, seventh or eightth man. If he is on the Spurs this coming season, do not expect Howard to have 15 plus points a game.
Remember: Howard is 32 years old, so his days of scoring tons of points may be over. His main goal will need to be providing quality minutes and scoring 10-15 points when need be as well as providing rebounds when their opponent misses their shots. One thing is for sure is that if Howard is on the Spurs, expect that to increase the hate that Mavericks fans have for their I-35 rival.