Josh Holds Out Hope for NBA Return

A new year has begun and as the NBA season hits its turning point this month, Josh Howard is mindful of the fact that opportunity could soon be knocking.

Josh has been biding his time through the first two-plus months of the season in the NBA’s Developmental League where is assigned to the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros. In nine games with the Toros this season, he has averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game.

But The Show still harbors the dream of playing basketball in NBA arenas once again.

“I’m still living my dream of playing basketball for a living,” he told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com.

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Adjusting to Austin and the NBADL

Going into this offseason, I was just looking forward to playing basketball after suffering an ACL injury again last year. So instead of sitting around and waiting for a team to call, I took the great opportunity the Spurs gave me to sign and play on their D-League team. Now I’m just trying to take advantage of it.

So far I’m feeling good. It had been a while since my last game in the NBA and I’ve only played in nine games here so far, so I’m shaking off the rust. I’m just trying to plug away at that, get consistent and get in a rhythm so that hopefully I can come back to the league sooner than later.

My body is getting there. I’m not that spring chicken I used to be but I know when my conditioning comes everything else will fall into place. I’ve always been one of those guys that can get in shape pretty fast. Once I feel that happening I think the sky will be the limit again.

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Josh Will Begin Comeback in NBDL

Seeking a chance to return to the NBA following his second ACL surgery, Josh Howard will begin his journey back in the NBA Developmental League.

Josh signed with the San Antonio Spurs on October 25 and was assigned to their D-League affiliate, the Toros located in Austin, Texas where he will at least begin the 2013-2014 NBA season.

The Spurs will monitor Josh’s physical condition as he returns to the court after suffering a torn ACL last December while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told SpursNation that he has a lot of respect for Josh’s hard work and desire to keep playing.

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Full Steam Ahead

I’ve been working out at full strength for a while now, and I’m ready to show people again that I know how to bounce back from an injury.

I got cleared by the doctors at the end of August, and it’s been full steam ahead ever since. Right now, I’m just waiting to hear from a team. I’ve been through this process before. I’m just staying prepared to get that phone call.

A lot of teams just look at the injury, and question if I’m healthy or not, which is understandable. I had the opportunity to work out for San Antonio, Houston and Minnesota last month, and none of them said anything negative about my performance, which I think is a good thing. From what my agent said, everyone thought I moved a whole lot better this year than last year, so that was a great compliment in itself.

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Teaching and Learning in Dallas

We just wrapped up the eighth year of my basketball camp here in Dallas last week, and it was a great experience that was also a lot of fun.

I usually put on the camp myself through my foundation, but this year, I decided to partner with Higher Goals to do it. It was pretty similar to the camps I’ve put on in the past, but we liked the idea of teaming up with an organization like Higher Goals.

The camp was set in Grapevine, which is a nice area out here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We had a great turnout of about 75 kids ages 7-14, and went from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day Monday through Thursday. The kids had a great time, and I think we really made it enjoyable for them to learn the process of playing basketball.

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