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Posted at 4:23 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Josh Howard talks about his return to the Wizards

By Michael Lee

By Michael Lee  | December 13, 2010; 4:23 PM ET
Categories:  Josh Howard  
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Not a player who puts up stats, and he seems to have lost the 3 point touch he once had, but a reliable defender who can help out on the boards and make it more difficult for opposing SFs to get at that weak interior. Of course, it'll be a while before the rust dissolves.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

What are you talking about Samson? Josh was fabulous last year before he was injured. He's clearly the number one talent on the Wizards at his spot. Lost his touch? Stop.

Posted by: larryrob | December 13, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

"Lost his touch? Stop.Posted by: larryrob"

LOL you mean during that extended 4 game season here? When he hit 27.3% from the arc?

Posted by: Samson151 | December 13, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Howard will be a force but not this season. It'll take some time to get back to where his game was and most players returning from Knee surgery are not very effective directly off IR! Maybe he'll prove to be different but I doubt it!

Posted by: zack9633 | December 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary Josh Howard has always been a very good stat man as well a player that brought substance and chemistry to the unmeasured part of the game.

What Josh Howard have you've been watching Samson?


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | December 13, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't look like anyone cares about the Wizards and it isn't even Christmas.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 14, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Here's Josh' line from Dallas last year:

Games 31 Starts 9 Min. 26.7
FG% 40% 3 pt 26.7% FT% 79% Rebounds 3.6 Assists Steals 1.4 BS 0.3 TO 1.39 Points 12.5

A nice line, but nothing exceptional. He was better a few years ago. Sound like somebody else on the Wiz roster?

Still, a solid player who can probably help.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 14, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Nobody can accuse Thornton of being a quitter. Dude has played hard even if the stats don't always bear that out.
Flip might be wise to keep Thornton as the starter even when Josh returns.

Posted by: elfreako | December 13, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"We get down, it's been times this year, we get down and I hate to say this, we pretty much just quit." - Al Thornton
(from the above article)

I guess you should amend your statement and say that nobody EXCEPT the actual guy can call himself a quitter! The fact is, Thornton is up and down, and that means he is undisciplined as a pro athlete. Who knows if he'll ever "get it"? Josh Howard may not be that much better but at least he was an all-star once upon a time. Get him in there and let's see if he can play at a consistent high level. At the very least, maybe he won't quit in games, like Al Thornton. Wow. I can't believe we are at this level, where we are just asking these dopes to not quit in games. Can we please get that D-League ball-boy who talked to Terrence Williams to come talk to the Wizards?

Posted by: Janitor_with_a_Jumpshot | December 14, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

"We get down, it's been times this year, we get down and I hate to say this, we pretty much just quit." - Al Thornton
***(from the PREVIOUS article... sorry)

Posted by: Janitor_with_a_Jumpshot | December 14, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

josh howard is definitely not a guy that puts up gigantic numbers like lebron james at SF but he does bring leadership to the team. The four games he played he basically said i dunno who all of you guys are but we can play and we can do this. Could you really call anybody else on the team a leader that you would take seriously?

Posted by: jefferu | December 14, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

The Wiz need J How Sat. to try and contain LeBron. He had to shoot last year because he was the Wiz's #1 scoring option leading up to his knee injury. J How as a #2 or #3 scorer, similar to how he was in Dallas will be a much needed boost/a consistent player for the Wiz. Now it's more of a logjam at the 3, because w/ the way Nick is playing off the bench, Thornton might be the odd man out.

Bye Bye Alonzo Gee.

Flip has too many young players to try and create a consistent rolation. At 6-16, they better get on a 10 game winning streak to get back into playoff contention.

Posted by: bernard_thompson | December 14, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

That grinding sound you hear is Josh Howard being crushed by the weight of ridiculous fan expectations.

"Contain Lebron"? Yeah, OK.

Posted by: kalo_rama | December 14, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

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