Utah Jazz: Josh Howard feels at home with the Jazz

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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Jan. 14, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    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.

  • Bloodshy DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    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.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    @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.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 1:09 p.m.


    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.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    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.

  • MOTO X Alpine, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    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.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 11:11 a.m.

    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 them again.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 11:04 a.m.

    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.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    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 Utah, Josh!

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    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!

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    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.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    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.

  • BrianDavis1326 Clearfield, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2012 9:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:22 a.m.

    We're thrilled to have you on the team, Joshua!!! You go, boy!!!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    Josh may even get to start?????

    The only things he has over Hayward who starts now...is offense and defense.

  • ram Saint George, UT
    Jan. 13, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    great pickup the jazz would have a losing record without him this year he plays great defense go jazz

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Jan. 13, 2012 7:16 a.m.

    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 uniform.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Jan. 13, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    I like this #8 sooooo much better. Not throwing balls at rookies heads. Not undermining a legend. I love this guy.

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    Jan. 12, 2012 11:12 p.m.

    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.