HoopsHype Juwan Howard rumors

June 4, 2011 Updates

While he has been featured in a limited role this season, Howard is a strong presence in the locker room. "He's been invaluable, to this group in particular, because of his veteran experience and his leadership," Erik Spoelstra said. "The guys respect him and they did from the very first day of training camp." After ESPN aired their Fab Five documentary in March, Howard's legend continued to grow in the locker room. "It even went to another level," Spoelstra said with a laugh. "Everybody knew he was a Fab Five guy. A lot of our players were big fans of that team and when the special came out, that kind of highlighted him even more in their eyes." HoopsWorld

The reason he's able to be effective, even when his minutes are fluctuating, is because he does an excellent job preparing for games. He approaches every night with the mindset that he'll play, and he has been in just about every situation so nothing fazes him when he steps onto the court. "It's about staying ready," Howard said. "You never know when your name is going to be called so you approach every game like you're a rotation player. You prepare like I'm going to play night in and night out. There are going to be some nights where they don't play you and some nights where they do, but you got to be ready. You're going to embarrass yourself if you're not." HoopsWorld

May 31, 2011 Updates
April 1, 2011 Updates

Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard said Friday he plans to appeal his $35,000 NBA fine for his involvement in Wednesday's melee against the Washington Wizards. Howard was ejected in the second quarter of the 123-107 victory at the Verizon Center for a shoving match after a dustup between Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Wizards guard John Wall, who also were ejected. "I wouldn't regret doing it if I had to do it again," said Howard, who said he merely was trying to protect a teammate. "Unfortunately, I just thought that the penalty was very harsh." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

No matter how the NBA league office eventually rules on whether to suspend John Wall after his second-quarter altercation with Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Coach Flip Saunders said the incident probably never should’ve reach the point where there were three ejections and two technical fouls. Wall said he swung at Ilgauskas in reaction to getting hit in the face with two elbows. “What I was disappointed in, you would think, you would hope out there, in a game, that when a guy throws two elbows and then a third, they would catch the first one, with three referees out there. And he’s got the ball. That’s what they’re watching, you know,” Saunders said with a chuckle. “If you nip it in the bud right away, it doesn’t escalate like that.” Washington Post

March 31, 2011 Updates
March 25, 2011 Updates

What do you think of some of the backlash that has come from the documentary? There were some disparaging comments made about Duke and some of its players, particularly African-American players like Grant Hill. What did you make of reactions from Hill and Jalen Rose? Juwan Howard: Honestly, I've been getting a lot of positive feedback. People see me in the street and they tell me they loved it. A lot of my colleagues, ex-teammates and even guys I haven't played with said they loved it. I've bumped into NFL players down here in Miami during their offseason and they gave me a thumbs-up. I understand that a lot of the comments have been made, with Jalen and of course Jimmy [King] and Ray [Jackson]. I include myself. I didn't say anything, use any derogatory language or comments, but that's not to say that I didn't think that during that time. ESPN.com

Should you guys have made it more clear that what you may have felt 20 years ago as teenagers at Michigan might be different than you feel now? Juwan Howard: You have to keep in mind that it was how people felt 20 years ago. And people are entitled to their opinion. I respect Grant, of course, taking the stand that he did. If it was me, would I have done it? No. But that's just me. I have a lot of respect for Grant as a person. And I have a lot of respect for Christian Laettner. If you really listen to the remarks, I think Jalen did an excellent job of not only telling how he felt at the time, but he also praised them. ESPN.com

March 23, 2011 Updates

Earl Barron: Just watched the Fab Five documentary start to finish finally. Bill Walton said they were under achievers and over rated. WTF. They made it to the Final Four as freshmen. How is that over rated? Everybody just hated on their style back then. Twitter

March 19, 2011 Updates

The quote of the week is actually a nonquote, as in the silence offered by former Fab Fiver Juwan Howard on the Jalen Rose-Grant Hill controversy. Howard declined interview requests all week from Miami writers eager to get his thoughts on the documentary that aired last weekend on the Michigan freshmen. While Rose was left to squirm under intense criticism for remarks made about Duke recruiting only black players who were "Uncle Toms," Howard refused to come to his former teammate's defense. It's an every-man-for-himself approach that has come to define the Fab Five's legacy. CBSSports.com

March 14, 2011 Updates
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February 24, 2011 Updates

Try to be as impartial as possible. LeBron James has got Dwyane Wade, he’s got Chris Bosh, he’s got all you guys there. A very good player, maybe the best in the NBA, but when it comes down to the most valuable player between Lebron James and D.Rose, who are you voting for? Juwan Howard: “Well for this season, that’s a tough call right there because I just had this conversation with my wife. (unsure what he says) …. But to be honest with you, D. Rose has done a phenomenal job this year for his team. I think if you take him off the Bulls team I believe, in my opinion that team would be a below average ball club. If you take LeBron off of our team we’re still an above average ball club because we still have Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Sports Radio Interviews

"LeBron is having a phenomenal year and he’s doing a lot of the same stuff for the Heat and playing the same type the way he did when he was in Cleveland, which is great because he’s a phenomenal player. D. Rose I would have to say even though LeBron is my teammate, I’m not even being politically correct guys, you want me to say I would give it to LeBron but honestly I would give it to D. Rose if he still plays at this pace he’s playing on now he’s got my vote if I was a part of the committee.” D. Rose right? “D.Rose man.” Sports Radio Interviews

February 17, 2011 Updates

If the playing field is equalized with a substantially better revenue-sharing system, and star players no longer have the power to dictate where they play and with whom, "There won't be a whole lot to complain about," one executive said. "That will never happen," Howard insisted. "Because you're always going to have freedom of movement in contracts; you're always going to have player movement. All that 'Bron and Dwyane did was exercise their free agency rights. That was a business move on their part -- and a smart business move. So I don’t think the NBA is so upset with the fact that those guys moved to the same team." CBSSports.com

October 25, 2010 Updates

Juwan Howard on whether the criticism seems to be wearing on LeBron James: “I haven’t seen it wearing on him at all because he’s a very tough-minded, strong individual. He’s got a lot of mental toughness. He’s still been, of course, just working hard, staying focused, doing what we have to do, as a team, to get better. And I respect him for that. … This could wear on you. It could get very upsetting or, more importantly, it could be a huge distraction, but I haven’t seen that from him at all.” Sports Radio Interviews

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