Juwan Howard Rumors

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Juwan Howard
Juwan Howard
Position: -
Born: 02/07/73
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:259 lbs. / 117.9 kg.
Earnings: $151,839,471 ($219,023,989*)
When the time arrived, coach Pat Riley walked in the door and offered $105 million over seven years for Howard to join the Miami Heat. At the time, no athlete from any of North America’s four major professional leagues had ever inked a nine-figure deal. Howard could become the first. The offer was in line with expectations. Falk made sure of it. Though he usually didn’t discuss specific figures with the media before negotiations with teams, he made an exception in Howard’s case, in part because “I was still outraged at the way (Washington) treated him the first time.” So Falk called Post reporter Richard Justice to tell him it was going to take $15 million to $20 million per year for Howard to re-sign with the Bullets. He then called Wes Unseld, who had replaced Nash as general manager, and told him, “Wes, we can’t talk till Tuesday, but when you wake up tomorrow, make sure you read The Washington Post.”
Hardaway played with and against him for parts of eight years. He makes Howard sound like Omar Little in shorts. “When guys went against Juwan, it was like, Ah shit, I better put on my hardhat. Juwan’s coming,” Hardaway says. “He’d bring it, man. He didn’t play. He was a professional. He had heart, he was confident, and he didn’t give two craps who you were. You better be ready and you better have your shit together.”
Spoelstra was furious. Walking down the tunnel into the locker room at halftime, he prepared to call his players out and “light them up.” We’ll never know what he would’ve said, though, because Howard was already burning the building down. A baritone voice echoed down the hallway before Spoelstra arrived at the door. Howard, now 38, stood in front of a locker room of stars — wide-eyed, lantern-jawed, molten-hot — and told every man in the room what they needed to hear, leaving only a blast radius behind. He threw a water bottle against the wall. “So real, so authentic, all from the heart,” Spoelstra says. The Heat outscored the Pacers, 28-16, in the third quarter, and won, 105-93. They advanced past the Celtics next, winning the conference finals in seven games, and reached the finals against Oklahoma City.
In the march of time, the defining characteristic of Juwan Howard is his seeming inability to age. In Miami, he signed two 10-day contracts late in 2012-13, his final season on record. The Heat were utterly dominant, on their way to a 66-win campaign, but there was a tangible void in the locker room. “We were missing that voice, that presence,” Spoelstra says. “So we were like, all right, let’s bring Juwan back in the mix.” Miami won a second straight title with Howard on the bench in a suit, transitioning from player to coach in front of everyone’s eyes.
Before winning four state championships and back-to-back Mr. Basketball awards at Simeon, Parker attended camps where Chicago players he looked up to — such as Corey Maggette, Bobby Simmons and Antoine Walker — worked as instructors. “But the one that stands out for me is the Juwan Howard camp,” Parker said. “That’s why I loved every second of his Michigan hire. I know he really, truly loves the kids. He doesn’t need to coach. But his enjoyment for it and his energy toward it helps everyone around him. “Chicago basketball is a brotherhood. That’s why we need to come back. It’ll be a great summer for kids to have these memories. And I teach them most importantly to have fun. Do everything with hard work and emphasis. But if you’re not having fun, all that goes out the window.”