Just when Josh Howard appeared to be carving an important niche in the NBA for himself again after battling back from a torn ACL in his left knee, the 32-year-old forward is right back where he started.
The Timberwolves waived him Thursday after an MRI revealed a torn ACL in Howard's right knee. He was injured Friday at New Orleans. The team initially hoped he would be able to return this season, but as usual for these hard-luck Wolves, the news could not have been worse.
''I feel really bad for him,'' coach Rick Adelman said before the Wolves hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. ''He worked so hard to bring himself back. It's just a shock.''
Howard was brought in last month after Chase Budinger tore the meniscus in his left knee. He averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11 games this season, emerging as a valuable defender on the perimeter against bigger guards and small forwards.
With Howard out, Andrei Kirilenko is Adelman's only real option to guard the aggressive small forwa...