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Josh Howard attempting NBA comeback

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 11: Josh Howard #15 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against the D-League Select on July 11, 2014 at Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jack Arent/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Josh Howard last played in the NBA in 2012, getting waived by the Timberwolves after his second ACL injury. He was already on the decline then, 32 and signed by Minnesota due only to its other injury issues.

Ever since, stories about his comeback attempt have become an annual tradition:

Consider this the 2015 edition.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

I’d be mildly surprised if the 35-year-old Howard gets a training-camp invitation. I’d be very surprised if it’s from a team with fewer than 15 players it already intends to keep. I’d be shocked if he makes a regular-season roster.

Howard was a solid 3-and-D player in his prime, making an All-Star game and helping the Mavericks reach the NBA Finals. But his 3-point shooting has slipped dramatically, and it seems injuries and aging have sunk athleticism/defense.

However, if Howard wants to chase this dream, more power to him. He shouldn’t let the detractors dissuade him. It’s his life, and there are much worse ways to spend it than training for a longshot chance at the NBA.