Howard to miss season opener

Howard was suspended after he picked up his fourth flagrant foul of the postseason when he hit Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala in the neck during Game 5 of their Western Conference finals on Wednesday. 

The 29-year-old was not initially called for a flagrant-1 foul, but the NBA upgraded it after reviewing the incident. 

Howard was not too fussed about missing the 2015-16 season opener as he was more disappointed about his side losing 4-1 to the Warriors. 

"Well, that means I have to play 81 games hard, not 82," Howard told reporters. "I can't do nothing about it now, the playoffs are over with for us. We had a great run, so despite getting whatever happens next year for one game, its not going to take away what we did this year in the playoffs."