SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – It was less than four years ago that Josh Howard earned $10 million for the NBA season. He was playing for the Washington Wizards in the third season of a four-year, $40 million extension the Dallas Mavericks had given him. A former All-Star, the 2003 ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest, and still just 30 years old, Howard appeared to have a handful of productive NBA seasons still ahead of him.
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Then he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Two years later, he suffered a meniscus tear in the same knee. Nine months after that, he tore the ACL in his right knee.
All of which helps explain why Howard is currently playing for the Austin Toros in the NBA's Development League, making $25,000 for the season.
"Beggars can't be choosy is what my grandma said," Howard told Yahoo Sports. "I'm just happy to be out there playing.
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