Josh Howard: Should Miss Rest of Utah's Season Due to Knee Surgery

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterMarch 20, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 07:  Josh Howard #8 of the Utah Jazz in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 7, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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According to an report, Josh Howard is done for the year on account of a chip in his knee

Utah is half a game behind the Rockets for a playoff spot, so any injury matters. Though, my focus is mainly on Howard, a player who has had a beleaguered, primeless prime. After having a career year for the Mavericks at age 26, the now 31 year old has suffered a downward spiral of injuries and diminished play.

His fading spotlight dismays, because few players are more honest (for better and for worse) than JH. Josh Howard was open enough to defend offseason marijuana use as his "personal choice and personal opinion." Regardless of your stance on this issue, he was certainly brave for admitting to a hobby that many players in the league would rather hide. Howard also got himself into some controversy for a Youtube clip in which he (I'm assuming, jokingly) said of the national anthem: "I don't celebrate that sh--. I'm black." 

Such candor has made Josh Howard a pariah to some, but I tend to root for more honesty in sports, in all its uncomfortable incarnations. So I'm saddened to see such an open guy, betrayed by body yet again.