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Josh Howard
Josh Howard
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Born: 04/28/80
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Earnings: $40,327,083 ($48,725,383*)
Howard was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., played college basketball at Wake Forest – which is also located in Winston-Salem – and is now the head basketball coach at Piedmont International University. By the way, Piedmont International University is located in, you guessed it, Winston-Salem, N.C. This journey through the basketball cycle of life is a fairytale ride which Howard doesn’t take for granted. “For me to be able to come out of my hometown, go out in the world, do what I’m supposed to do and come back and get to be a coach right here in my home city, that’s a classic story,” Howard told “For me to be able to say that and experience that, it’s a blessing.”
Still, just because he’s moved on to the college game doesn’t mean Howard has forgotten his NBA connections. He keeps in contact with Mavs owner Mark Cuban, and with players he bonded with during his playing days. “I keep those bridges that I’ve built with certain people,” Howard said. “Cuban definitely supports what I’m doing and it’s a blessing for me to have people that really care about what I do out here. Cuban has never lied to me. I respect a man like that.”
Since then, Howard has bounced around the league, playing for the Utah Jazz in 2011 and Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012. Howard’s last playing days happened in the NBA Developmental League with the Austin Toros. Coaching, though, appears to be where Howard believes his basketball career will continue. A Winston-Salem native, Howard recently accepted the head coaching position at Piedmont International University. “I’m pretty far gone from my playing days. It was time for me to pass along the knowledge that I’ve gained throughout the years,” Howard said in a phone interview. “It was time to pass that along to the youth and give them an opportunity to grow from my experience.”