As word filtered out that Josh Howard is out for the season, several Mavericks voiced support for their former teammate.
"It's unfortunate for Josh,'' said Jason Kidd. "He was playing well for them and it's a contract year. So I just hope he has a speedy recovery.''
Added coach Rick Carlisle: "Circumstances happen in this sport and the timing of things is crazy. I'm very disappointed obviously for him. He's not deserving of that kind of luck at this point.''
Nobody deserves a torn ACL, which will knock Howard out for the rest of this season and part of next season. With luck, he can return for a portion of the 2010-11 season, show the league he still can play at a high level and get one more nice run with somebody.