How Josh Howard’s Injury Will Help the Washington Wizards Long-Term

February 27th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
It's not often that a team loses its best player and improves.  The Lakers tried it for a few games without Kobe Bryant, but when push came to shove, they sorely missed the Mamba's clutch shooting.

In the Washington Wizards case, this could plausibly end up being one of those times.

When Josh Howard tore the ACL in his left knee on Monday night, the Wizards' shiniest new acquisition ended his season slightly more than three games into his Wiz career.

The Wizards, who had just completed a firesale that shipped out Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson within the past week, suddenly found themselves with a starting lineup that looked like a D-League roster on paper.

With Gilbert Arenas in the midst of a year-long suspension, Howard was the only active Wizard with an All-Star game appearance.  Howard, who came in the Butler trade from the Mavericks, had been accustomed to winning for years; these Wizards have been sloughing through mediocrity for a large part of the past two seasons.

But these new-look Wizards have shown that they aren't laying down in these final 27 games.  

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