Posts Tagged ‘Josh Howard’


May 22, 2008



Appearing on the Dan Patrick radio show today, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban admitted he would be reluctant to discipline Mavs forward Josh Howard for using marijuana because of his own past use of the drug.

Patrick: Do you care if he smokes pot?

Cuban: I’d be a hypocrite if I said ‘yes’ because I’ve inhaled, and when I inhaled I coughed a couple lungs out. And so I was never a big fan of smoking, but I’ve tried it. I can’t look at somebody and say, ‘That’s just terrible…’  Again, I’d just be hypocritical if I said, ‘Josh, smoking pot is just the worst thing you could possibly do.’


audio of Cuban’s comments



April 30, 2008



Why do you think they call it dope?

Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard’s revelations about marijuana use and his partying ways are being blamed for his team’s ouster from the NBA playoffs.

The Mavericks were eliminated by the New Orleans Hornets last night. They lost the series four games to one with a 99-94 defeat in New Orleans.

Howard’s play was a major reason for the loss. He scored just 12.6 points per game in the Hornets series after averaging 19.9 during the regular season. Worse, he shot just 29.2 percent from the field and his admission of marijuana use in a Dallas radio interview was a MAJOR distraction for the team. Howard was booed mercilessly AT HOME Sunday after shooting just 3/16.

Howard also incurred the wrath of his coach. Mavericks coach Avery Johnson may be taking the fall for Dallas’ ouster. There are plenty of rumors about his imminent firing. He was already in disfavor with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

According to today’s Dallas Morning News, Johnson was so angry at Howard that he called off practice Monday. Johnson was reportedly mad because he had issued a strict “no partying” edict to his team for the playoffs. Despite this, Howard was handing out fliers in the Mavericks locker room inviting his teammates to attend his 28th birthday party at a Dallas club. According to the paper,

Johnson confronted his team about the party Monday – the source said only a few of the players attended – and canceled practice, prompting the players to practice on their own without the supervision of the coaching staff.

The Mavericks then lost to New Orleans last night, ending their season. This makes Howard easy fodder for local talk radio and columnists.

Howard’s own teammates were none too happy about the situation. Without mentioning Howard by name, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (last year’s scapegoat for Dallas’ first round elimination) threw him under the bus following last night’s loss,

Obviously, there were some very disappointing things that happened here in the playoffs with everything. It was bad timing…In the playoffs, it’s time to just concentrate about basketball, focus on it and not let any distractions come up.”

Rumors are already circulating that the Mavericks are looking to unload Howard before next season.


April 26, 2008

Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard admitted today that he smokes marijuana in the off season.

Although his timing was certainly poor (the Mavericks are down 2 games to none to New Orleans in the NBA playoffs and play tonight) Howard certainly picked the right venue to admit his drug use. Howard made his revelations on the Michael Irvin Radio Show in Dallas. Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys receiver, has a long and storied history of partying and drug use-including a conviction on cocaine charges.

Howard told Irvin about his off season marijuana use and said,

“I don’t think that’s stopping me from doing my job.” Howard added, “I think that everybody in the media world and in the sports world knows that NBA players do smoke marijuana.”

Howard is the Mavericks second leading scorer and was an All Star in 2007.

Despite Howard’s admitted use of marijuana, there appears to be little the league can do to punish him. NBA players are required to undergo four random tests every season between Oct. 1 and June 30. But a player who tests positive for marijuana is not subjected to his first five-game suspension — or even public knowledge he has failed a drug test — until his third failed test. There is also no provision in the CBA to punish a player who simply admits to drug use.

Outspoken Dallas owner Mark Cuban says the club will deal with Howard internally.

“We won’t make it public,” Cuban said. “But we’ll deal it. We’ll do what we need to do and deal with it internally and then that’s it.”