Howard was out for half of the 2014–15 season due to several injuries, missing two months from January to March following knee surgery.
Howard continued to experience knee issues after the procedure. He was diagnosed with a knee sprain after Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, but said the injury was more serious than what was reported. According to Howard, he had torn ligaments and cartilage in his knee.
The Rockets lost the series 4–1 against the Warriors. Golden State went on to win the NBA Finals in six games over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howard was attending the Houston Texans–Indianapolis Colts Thursday Night Football game at NRG Stadium. He gave a pregame speech and ran out of the tunnel.
- Xandria James