Josh Howard Biography
Birthdate: April 28, 1980
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
When Josh Howard was a child, doctors said he would never be able to walk properly. Twenty years later Josh is an NBA All Star!
Josh Howard - Hardships Growing UpWithout his father in his life, Josh was raised by his grandmother, Helen. When Josh Howard was a toddler, he needed to have both his legs intentially broken in order to fix his extreme bowed legs. Doctors feared he would not be able to walk properly again, but when the casts came off, Josh was able to run normally. Growing up, Josh had a bad temper that got him in trouble with teammates and coaches in high school. He also didn't take academics very seriously in high school. After failing to meet SAT requirements for college in his senior year at Kernersville Glenn High School, Josh was forced to spend a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
Josh Howard - College SuperstarAfter his extra year of high school, Josh Howard signed with Wake Forest University in his hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A four-year starter for the Demon Deacons, Josh averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior. He was also named the 2003 ACC Player of the Year, and was the first unanimous selection for the award since 1975. Off the court he was able to get his life together by learning to control his anger and get his academics on track. Josh became the first male from his family to earn a college degree.
Josh Howard - NBA Rising StarWith the 29th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks selected Josh. He immediately made an impact with the Mavs and became their most versatile player. In four winning seasons with the team, the 6' 7" forward has averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and one steal per game. In the 2006 NBA Finals, he gained the respect of the world as Dallas' best player in that series. Although they lost in six games to the Miami Heat, Josh proved he was one of the game's hardest working players. In 2007, Josh was rewarded for his hard work when was named to the All-Star Team.
Josh Howard - Did U Know?
Josh Howard Says..."I've got a lot more to offer than just basketball. I'm going to open up the Josh Howard Foundation in Winston and here. I've got a degree in religion. I'm looking into real estate. I'd like to start some group homes for kids."