Doug, why are you so negative? Not only are you negative but Howard starting
wouldn't push Hayward to the bench it would push Bell to the bench and Hayward
would start at the 2, which is his best position anyway.
fortydam: "Fascism will come the United States carrying a flag and holding
a bible." Please back off your political foolishness. Many reasonable
Americans of every political philosophy found Howard's comments about the flag
to be offensive. It wasn't indifference. It was public hatred for the flag by
an American that became a millionaire due to the opportunities America offers.
His short performance on camera was embarrassing and unfortunate.That said, he is a basketball player--not a political philosopher. And that
was a long time ago. By all accounts he's been a great teammate as a Jazz man
and he's played well on the court. I'm glad he chose the Jazz and I hope he
stays with us for a long time.
@redcliffs chill out! Fascism will come the United States carrying a flag and
holding a bible. You are worried about his respect to the flag? He is a
basketball player! Maybe Betsy Ross can suit up for ya! Or Sarah
Palin.....Sounds like you better back away from Fox news. On a
lighter note.. I'm glad he's in Utah, and I hope is knees hold up! And was it
just me or did I hear boo's when he was shooting foul shots at the Laker game?
You gotta love fans that complain about a players personality, then complain
that the Jazz can't sign anyone.
@redcliffs,Maybe others will see this attitude of yours and not be
so quick to forgive you as well. I am not spotless, and look not to
condemn anyone.I love what I am seeing from Josh Howard right now
and I am not just talking about what I see on the court. I don't hang out with
the Howard obviously, and it may be induction on my part, but I see a guy with a
spark in his countenance. He looks happy and I am happy for him.
I was well aware of some of the risks some basketball people were worried about
when signing Josh Howard. For me though, I worried Josh would find himself and
his game again and be worth much more than his one year salary.If
Josh has his legs back and they hold up, and he continues to be a good fit here
in Utah, then the contract will be a steal this year for the Jazz. After that,
the concern would be that the Jazz might want to resign Howard and might not be
able to.I see Howard as the right SF with the Jazz right now. He is
a veteran presence on a young team. He has a good relationship with Devin Harris
and seems to be a strong fit in the locker room. Plus, on the court, Josh can be
a scorer from a position (SF) that has lacked scoring and balance for a few
years. With the solid depth and punch the Jazz get from their bigs,
they need Howard, Hayward, Miles, and Bell to provide offense when the ball is
kicked out or swung around.It's been enjoyable seeing Howard return
to form after a few years being hampered. It's got to feel good for him. I think
at this stage in his career, it's likely those legs have some life in them for
years to come.
Howard may be the FA acquisition of the season. We were competing against alot
of other major NBA franchises for Josh's services. There were alot
of naysayers about picking this guy up too.Give O'Conner some credit
for getting Howard in here and Watson back here.Devin Harris leaves
alot to be desired in my opinion. I seriously wonder if we would be better off
with Watson getting the bulk of the minutes.Supposedly Harris is
more of an offensive minded PG. We he shoots like garbaga and he hardly gets
any assist and his defense is weak. He shoots FT's poorly down the stretch in
games and has had some bad turnovers at crucial times. I'm not impressed with
Harris.Watson's energy is soooooooo much better than Harris and
Watson knows the offense better and is alot more focused on making plays for
team mates and setting them up. Oh well, Harris will likely be injured before
long so we will likely get to see if Watson is better.
What an awesome pickup by KOC. He always seems to do more with less. It's nice
to see Josh get rewarded for his hard work in making it back from injury. It's
very likely he will be the difference between making the playoffs and missing
As usual...not a single mention of Kevin O'Conner in comments.Lets
run through a few of the usual phrases we hear from commenters:1.
"O'Conner never lands any good free agents"2. "No
good free agents will ever sign with Utah"3. "O'Conner
always signs cheap lousy free agents"4. "We always lose
the bidding war on good free agents" Yada, yada, yada.Give credit where it is due. Many of your are happy dishing out the criticism
of our GM and yet look at the young and free agent talent (Watson &
Howard--that multiple other big-name franchises were trying to sign) that O'
Conner has put together. Of course it is not all roses but when he does
something right people seem to get amnesia. He is one of the better GM's in the
league. I'm not a fan all the time and he has made some blunders
(Bell et. al) but we could be doing alot worse.
I'm glad to see that as Josh continues to get his groove back, that he is
getting more and more minutes, especially down the stretch. He has already
become one of the more reliable offensive weapons on this team, and his mind
seems to be more focused on basketball than ever before. Thanks for coming to
I remember numerous times thinking: If the Jazz just had a long athletic wing
that plays defense and can shoot the basketball. Someone like, let's see,
"Josh Howard". Well this is one wish that has come true! Welcome to
the Jazz Josh! We are glad to have you on the team! Hope you like it here and
decide to stick around for a while! Good luck Josh! Go Jazz!
Everything so far seems to point out that Howard is trying to be a good guy and
he has been a contributor while on the floor. He has some big skeletons in his
closet though and I'm not quick to forgive someone that disrespects the flag and
the National Anthem. I hope he has learned from his mistakes but he is still on
a short leash in my mind.
welcome and keep up the good work. It is great to see someone turn their life
around. I like that he is willing to help the young guys.
Well, as long as he keeps his nose clean and just keeps doing what he's doing, I
say welcome to Utah Josh, and keep it up. I just hope he keeps this in mind when
he's a free agent next season.
We're thrilled to have you on the team, Joshua!!! You go, boy!!!
Josh may even get to start?????The only things he has over Hayward
who starts now...is offense and defense.
great pickup the jazz would have a losing record without him this year he plays
great defense go jazz
All I say about Josh coming to the Jazz is thank you! He is a smart, talented,
hard nosed veteran and just what we needed. What a perfect example for our
younger players to emulate. This NBA game is a man's sport and he is definetly
that. Good luck this season Josh and we are real glad to have you wear a Jazz
I like this #8 sooooo much better. Not throwing balls at rookies heads. Not
undermining a legend. I love this guy.
welcome Josh, it is good to have player on the team that can create his own shot
off the dribble. If he would have had the ball at the end of the Lakers game we
would have won, he was in the groove. Welcome to Utah I hope you stay around
awile. You were fun to watch at Dallas its good to have you here with the Jazz.