Clearance! Josh Howard Prepares to Restore his Rep

Dude's reputation has taken a hit.

Despite his horrible post-season and his humiliating pot statements, Mavericks forward Josh Howard is ready to show his face around town again.

Fittingly, at a discounted rate. His stock and his image are at all-time lows.

I won’t be able to attend the first annual Josh Howard Basketball Camp next Monday through Friday at The Sportsplex on Alpha Road. Neither, apparently, will many kids. The camp, which benefits Josh’s foundation, recently slashed its price from $260 to $210.

Never a good sign. What, parents aren’t convinced their kids should get “life skills” from a guy who'd ideally change his uniform number from 5 to 420?

I hope Josh is kickin’ it more Cheeks than Cheech this summer. He apparently got off to a good start with new coach Rick Carlisle and has pledged good behavior and better play to owner Mark Cuban.

Howard is the team's toughest personnel decision of this off-season. The Mavs must decide if last season’s passive, sporadic play was a uncharacteristic blip or the beginning of the end. He needs to spend the summer not smoking pot, re-discovering his aggressive driving to the hoop and proving he is a player and person the Mavs can count on.

On his website is an apology, which is a nice start.

Being a good role model to kids would be a positive step. Even if only a handful show up. -- Richie Whitt

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