Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz Notes
Jazz Reporters
Aaron Falk and Steve Luhm cover the Utah Jazz and the NBA for The Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune on Twitter - Aaron Falk: @tribjazz, Steve Luhm: @sluhm

» Jazz section

» E-mail Aaron Falk

» E-mail Steve Luhm

» Subscribe (RSS)




Jazz's Josh Howard has target date of April 24 for return

San Antonio — While his teammates wrapped up shootaround Sunday morning at the AT&T Center, Jazz forward Josh Howard relaxed in a baseline seat and calmly watched the action.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Howard had already worked out early Sunday, though, and he planned to ride a stationary bike for 20 minutes when Utah returned to its hotel.

The nine-year veteran is two weeks into his rehabilitation after undergoing left knee arthroscopic surgery. He hasn't experienced post-surgery swelling or any setbacks. And while Howard continues to eye the week of April 16 as the period he'll resume basketball-related activities, he revealed Sunday he has a target date in mind for his official return: April 24 against Phoenix at EnergySolutions Arena.

If Howard continues to make progress and receives a greenlight from the Jazz, that'd give him two games in uniform before Utah's regular season ends. Howard could play against the Suns, practice April 25 in Salt Lake City, then close out the year April 26 against Portland. Two practice days also separate the Jazz's April 21 contest against Orlando from Utah's game against Phoenix, allowing Howard adequate ramp-up time if he's cleared.

Also in the center of Howard's mind: He doesn't want to end another season wearing a suit. The Jazz forward was hobbled by injuries 2009-11 with Washington, and he's never bought into the idea of being out for the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign.

Howard on his rehab: Everything's going well. Just looking forward to that fourth week [of recovery], so I can get out there and play.

What he's been able to do: Riding the bike. A lot of leg extensions, leg curls. Pretty much the stuff that I did to rehab my ACL, I'm doing just to strengthen up my quad muscles. … Just trying to get my cardio up so when I come back, it'll be easier for me to get back into it.

Any pain or swelling: No setbacks at all. No pain. No swelling. It's been a great thing for me. I'm kind of glad I had that done, because it's just a part of the game. Especially having that type of knee injury, there's always going to be some kind of debris buildup, and especially the amount of miles I've put on my body throughout the years. It's a good thing. You can tell it's paying off.

Date in mind for return: Yeah. I want to be back for those last two games of the season.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Twitter


Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Latest Jazz Photo Galleries
Gallery: L.A. Laker greats of the past
Published 2014-04-14 11:07:31
 
Jobs
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.