Mavericks forward Josh Howard recently admitted to off-season use of marijuana. He says he never uses during the season, but he does in the off-season. He said that this was just a confession he had to get off his chest and in response Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that they would deal with the situation internally.
Although that likely means the Mavericks will be doing everything they can to move the 2017 All-Star Howard and although this couldn’t have come at a worse time with the Mavs in a tough playoff series with the New Orleans Hornets and although I don’t approve of Howard’s drug use (and neither will law enforcement), I would like to applaud Josh Howard. (Clap, clap, clap)
By being a man and admitting to this, in spite of known consequences for his playing career, he did something that I haven’t heard a single active major league player do and that is admit to something bad before they got caught. I’m sick of seeing baseball players say that they have never used steroids, then get caught and then admit to it. From what I here, Josh Howard, did not fail a drug test or have his drug use found out by a coach or teammate.
He just told everyone for the sake of getting it off his chest and being a good person. And yet we still see Major League players, lie, ignore the question, change the subject, or deny the ability to speak English (Sammy Sosa) when asked about steroid use.
I am just waiting for the day that a Major League player, that is unretired, unlike Jose Canseco, tells the entire world of his steroid use without being prompted. I’d even settle for someone saying that they took steroids when being asked. Until that happens, and you know who you are, Josh Howard is a bigger man than any baseball player to ever use steroids, even though I do not approve of his drug use.
If the Mavs want to trade Howard, fine. If I were the GM of any team I’d take him, unless he gets significant jail time or a long NBA ban, especially since Mark Cuban will be asking for a low price in return. He’ll probably ask for some expiring contracts and maybe a late draft pick. Even if Howard gets jail time (which is unlikely, he’ll probably get community service and probation), I’d want him on my team when he gets reinstated.
From what I here, Howard is not a clubhouse cancer. He doesn’t use during the season and says he is going to stop all off-season use so there is no chance of him being a clubhouse cancer. From what I hear from his teammates, he is a great teammate.
And from what I see on the court, he is an excellent teammate. He is one of the most underrated defenders in the league. He rebounds. He passes and he doesn’t look for his own shot. He is completely fine with being a sidekick or a second option. That’s the kind of guy I’d want on my team.
Howard scored 18 points in 43 minutes for the Mavs in their 97-87 win over New Orleans on Friday. The Mavs are currently behind 2-1 and in danger of losing in the first round for the 2nd straight year.