Leftover quotes and notes from a Monday feature about Jazz forward Josh Howard.
Growing up:Howard's mother married his stepfather in 1991."Some of the things my stepdad taught me, I still carry with me up until this day," Howard said.The couple are still married and attended Utah games this season in Toronto and Dallas, brining Howard's children with them.Howard never knew his biological father. "I don't hold that against him because I don't know the relationship that he and my Mom had," Howard said. "As far as being a man and trying to reach out to me, I still don't know why. But at this point, I'm a grown man myself. So I don't hold nothing against him. It's just life. A life lesson."Howard isn't married but hopes to be one day.Religion:"With the way the world was turning, Islam was a big focal point and I always found that interesting. I wanted to be a part of religion. Just some of the similarities it had with Christianity and a lot of other religions that it had similarities to. On top of that, the world was kind of focusing on it. It wasn't a bad idea to pick up a little more knowledge on that. So that's what I did.""I respect how they what's the word I'm looking for? how they're dedicated to their prayer, their God or the Prophet Muhammad. It's a dedication that they have that you don't see in too many other religions. For them to be able to hold that and maintain that feeling about what they believe in speaks a lot about them. And I kind of carried that over to how I carry myself, even with sports. Just being dedicated hands-down to what I do. Because not too many people, as you can see, can do this job.""Taking it a step further … I was born breached and bowlegged, so they had to break my legs. I don't really share that much. But for me to make it through that, it let me know that somebody was up there watching me. I keep rolling. I keep trucking. Even with the ACL injury, for me to be able to come back as fast as I did … playing on one leg.""I haven't found a church [in Salt Lake City]. I just keep a relationship with God."