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Juwan Howard
Juwan Howard
Position: None
Born: 02/07/73
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
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Having a roster spot occupied by a hybrid player-de facto assistant coach is nothing new for the Heat. That was Juwan Howard’s role on the Heat’s two most recent NBA champions. What’s new this year is who’s occupying the slightly modified role: Dwyane Wade. “I don’t think he necessarily knew how much he would have to lead and be connected,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “This is a different team. He has to be the next level of leadership, to be another assistant coach. He has that experience, that impact with his voice. He’s been great in embracing that. It’s the most leadership that’s required of him since he’s been here.”
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Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat’s revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports. In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra’s bench, sources said. David Fizdale will continue as Spoelstra’s top assistant, and ex-Heat player Juwan Howard will move up to an assistant coaching job after a season working in player development, sources said.
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Miami Heat MVP LeBron James hosted a party Saturday night at Tao in The Venetian to celebrate his NBA team’s back-to-back championship. Before James arrived at The Heat Repeat Championship Party in a leather Miami Heat cap, he dined at Tao with a large group that included NBA players Damon Jones and Juwan Howard. The party enjoyed signatures off the menu, while James requested blackened salmon with asparagus before heading upstairs to the nightclub.
Jill Martin, the MSG Network Knicks’ sideline reporter, is back in Miami. Again, she’s at the beach, wearing a bikini and a Knicks hat. The only difference this time is that the Knicks season is done and she can now hang out with Juwan Howard. Howard is relaxing after having scored 12 points in 17 minutes in the Heat’s final regular season game. He has yet to make an appearance in the playoffs. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James also enjoyed some time at the beach this weekend.
“Lance Stephenson?” James asked incredulously. “You want a quote about Lance Stephenson? I’m not even going to give him the time.” Old-school enforcement ensued. Veteran Juwan Howard aggressively approached Stephenson before the series’ next game. Dexter Pittman, a reserve big man who played for Miami last season, clotheslined Stephenson during the waning moments of the fifth game. “I think you’ve got to stop and wonder at that point, Is it me or is it everybody else?” Burke says. Stephenson is right. Indiana did win the third game and assumed a 2-1 series lead. But then James turned in a 40-point, 18-rebound, nine-assist masterpiece in the next game. Miami won the final three games on its way to a championship, and Stephenson learned something about tugging the tiger’s tail. “It gave LeBron a little trigger,” Stephenson says. “It made him go harder the next game. He responded well after I did that. Coach got on me a little bit and I just calmed down.”
“Absolutely fits into the fabric of our culture,” Erik Spoelstra said. “To be honest, it felt a little bit strange not having him with us. It makes sense, it feels right. And we were also able to do our due diligence through the first half of the season, and keep our flexibility.” Spoelstra noted the additions of Varnado and Chris Andersen since the start of the season. “The bigs that we have fit our personality, shotblockers, high energy, high motor guys,” Spoelstra said. “Juwan gives us the veteran experience, can play two positions, actually three positions, we actually started working him at the ’3′ last season. But it’s more than that with Juwan.”
The veteran power forward, who has been around the team almost the entire season in what was termed an undefined management role, brings the Heat back to the NBA maximum of 15 players. At 40, Howard becomes the oldest player to play for the Heat in the franchise’s 25 seasons. “Juwan is a key part of the championship culture here in Miami,” Heat President Pat Riley said in a statement. “He is essential to this team and can still play this game at a high level in some of our biggest games yet to come. He has a unique veteran savvy and will provide leadership and experience to our team.”
Shortly after ESPN showed a promotion for Saturday’s matchup between No. 1 Michigan and No. 3 Indiana in Bloomington’s Assembly Hall, play-by-play man Rece Davis began to offer a historical perspective on how long it’d been since Michigan had reached the No. 1 spot in a national poll. And, naturally, the Fab Five’s 1992-93 team — which began the year as the preseason No. 1 — came up. Knight, as is often the case these days, was not impressed. “Fab indicates, to me, that you’ve won something,” Knight said. “I’ve never been able to understand what ‘Fab’ was,” he added. “It wasn’t championships, I always knew that.”