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Could Juwan Howard retire to become a Heat coach?

Aug 27, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

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Juwan Howard wants to be back playing with the Miami Heat. At age 39 he is working out at the Miami Heat facility, trying to be the big the Heat use to round out their roster.

But Miami is looking at other bigs — former Knick Josh Harrellson worked out for them, Chris Andersen is trying to get his foot in the door — and Howard may not be back for a third season with Miami.

At least as a player. Check out this quote from Dwyane Wade, as told to our man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.

“Obviously, if he comes into camp and we’ve got open spots, Juwan is a guy who has meant so much to us, we would love him around, no matter what the case may be,” he said. “If it’s around as a player? Yeah. If it’s around as part of the coaching staff, we just want him to be here. And hopefully he’ll want to stay here and everyone can do whatever they can to make it happen.”

Wade does not hire and fire coaches (directly, anyway). This is a Pat Riley/Erik Spoelstra call. And it’s not what Howard, wants, he wants to be a player for another year.

Just saying that Juwan Howard retiring and coming back as a Heat coach is not out of the question.

  1. acdc363 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Just go away!

  2. dls612 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    One of the few classy guys! He’s been around long enough and learned from so many coaches. Assistant coach would be cool.

  3. miamatt - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I love what he has brought to the Heat as a locker room presence and workout warrior, but I hope Miami brings in somebody younger. Howard is popular with his teammates and coaches, it’s not hard to imagine Pat Riley sitting him down late in training camp to say, “There comes a time in life to explore different avenues…”

  4. eventhorizon04 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Juwon’s a good guy, and he did give the Heat some quality minutes against Indiana in the playoffs.

    That being said, when you look at the Heat’s roster right now, you see tremendous depth from 1 to 4, with good shooters throughout.
    PG: Mario Chalmers* + Norris Cole + LeBron and Wade (who both can run the offense).
    SG: Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen*, and Mike Miller*.
    SF: LeBron James, Shane Battier*, and James Jones*
    PF: Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Rashard Lewis*
    * = 3 point shooter

    At center, though, the Heat have Joel Anthony (undersized) and Dexter Pittman (foul prone). That’s why the Heat used Chris Bosh at Center (playing out of his preferred position) in the playoffs.

    That roster of 13 is good enough to possibly make another Finals run, since it’s basically the same as last year’s roster plus Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, but if you’re Pat Riley, you’re looking to add 1 to 3 more centers.
    I say 3 because if Riley finds a better alternative, Pittman could be cut.

    Juwon doesn’t really help their lack of size and isn’t a young guy with upside.

  5. progress2011 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Somebody GOTTA say it !!!

    Mike Miller, James Jones, Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier have all fought the good fight. As much as they are all good guys and they have earned a certain level of respect…They no longer fill the needs of the Heat !!!

    Package them ALL and get several quality or serviceable 7 Footers (plural).

    The Heat don’t necessarily need a center to score a bunch of points, just Big – Agile bodies. Guys that are a legit 6’11” or 7’0″, that don’t have 2 left feet, can grab a few boards, take up a Bunch of space in the middle, run the floor and give hard fouls, until they foul out !

    Now before you get your diapers in a wad, I realize some of these centers are not readily available. BUT if the Heat package the players mentioned above, they can get what they need.

    Someone like Samuel Dalembert, Spencer Hawes (7’1″ – 245), Darryl Watkins (6’11 – 258), Alabi Solomon (7’1″ – 245), Anderson Varejao (6’11”- 260), Greg Monroe (6’11” 260), Johan Petro (7’0″-247) , Desagana Diop (7’0″- 280 ) , Nene (6’11”- 250), Jason Thompson (6’11”- 250), Robin Lopez (7’0″- 250),

    The perfect fit would be Joakim Noah (6’11” – 235)

  6. kvh59 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    @AC DC….wish you would take your own advice. This guy has been a huge part of helping the young players mature. He has plenty to teach about the game. He might not show up in the stat sheets, but he would be invaluable if we could keep him on the coaching staff

  7. ronrob69 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Hey acdc363…. Please lead by example.

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