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Juwan Howard might “shed a tear” for LeBron if Heat win

Jun 21, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

Heat players Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mario Chalmers and Mike Miller joke around during a team practice at the NBA basketball finals in Miami Reuters

LeBron James has always been a popular teammate. The guys in the locker room in Cleveland and Miami genuinely like him, see him as one of the guys and not aloof like some superstars.

That includes the Heat’s senior statesmen Juwan Howard.

He spoke with the Palm Beach Post about it after shootaround Wednesday before Game 5.

“Whenever that day happens, I will be so happy for him personally, because he truly deserves it,” Howard said. “He works extremely hard, he’s a team guy, he gets a lot of unfair criticism. And until you have walked in his shoes, you don’t know what it feels like to deal with all that. And my heart goes out to him, for how he handles it. And I respect him so much for how he handles it. A player of his caliber could be a total a——, but he’s the total opposite.”

“I might shed a tear, for him, if that ever happens.”

We’ll see if the Thunder can delay Howard’s tears on Thursday night.

  1. packhawk04 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I would consider telling everyone he has a great life, and while we have to go back to our miserable lives, he gets to stay in his great life being an ass. But, i do think lebron has shown more maturity and professionalism during these playoffs, and i believe he deserves a ring. Im pulling for the heat tonight.

  2. dirtybird2020 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    What a queer dont feel sorry for that pos! Literally

  3. tomtravis76 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Glad Howard might get to hold up that trophy tonight. The Fab 5 was important and fun for basketball, and to see him wrap up his career being apart of this team is fitting.

    Iam sure people will talk about what took place off the court. But for what they did on the court, they helped bring the rec center and holding court all day long with your friends to college basketball. Getting your five and balling.

    • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      The Fab Five never even made it to the tourney. They were overrated.

      • tomtravis76 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        Yes, they never made it to the NIT post season tourney. Though the back to back NCAA championships games they played in their freshmen and sophomore years were memorable.

      • Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        I don’t see it in the record books, so it didn’t happen.

      • tomtravis76 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        Thats cool, you can let the NCAA hypocrisy write your history of basketball.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    so would all these loser, bandwagon fans on here. Meanwhile, LeBron couldn’t care less about any of you losers.

    • pmd5319 - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      I’m not sure who expects him “care.” I do know that it’s a lot better to be a “loser, bandwagon fan” than a loser, bandwagon hater.

  5. turnmymicup - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Juwan Howard is a real class act. So many people hate on the guy for not retiring yet. You can’t hate on his love for the game. His veteran leadership is a big part of the Heat team. If Howard cries their wont be anything gay about it. Their both friends and teammates at the highest point in their careers right now. Someone should shed one for Howard. I cant imagine any better way to finish ones career. Other than multiple rings of course. Juwan has put in work for this game he deserves a ring. LETS GO HEAT!

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Nice to see some bigots posting, as well as heat haters…

    I hope you people and yes I mean you people enjoy your crow flavored haterade tonight…maybe it will keep you from being straight up bitches for 5 minutes but I somehow doubt it

  7. 2ndaryinsanity - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    James brought alot of “Heat” on himself (sorry, couldn’t resist!) because of how he handled the departure from Cleveland. Having a show on ESPN to announce his decision was a HORRIBLE idea! (it was probably his agent’s idea) Made James look like just another selfish professional athlete with an over-inflated ego. Dude would have been better off with a short and sweet simple news conference. Not a Cav’s or Heat fan, so it makes no real difference to me. I can’t help but cheer for the smaller market underdog Thunder, however it looks like King James is finally going to win his first ring.

  8. boltsup - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Juwan Howard needs to cry for his self since it’s taken him 20 years to get 1 not cuz of Bron, this is Juwans first and last ring, this will be 1st of many more at least 1 or 2

  9. badintent - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Howard gets ring, sells it in 3 years to pay child support. LBJ buys it , gives it back to Howard.

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