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Heat announce hiring of Juwan Howard as assistant coach

Sep 28, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

The Detroit Pistons against the Miami Heat 03/22/2013

Juwan Howard has been a member of the Miami Heat for the past three seasons, although last year he appeared in just seven games for the team, all in the regular season.

Howard’s impact was made with his veteran presence, most notably in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Pacers when he lit into his teammates at halftime, helping to produce the desired result.

In essence, Howard was more of a de facto assistant coach in his final year with the Heat than he was a contributing player. Management apparently recognized his ability in that area, as they’ve hired him to be an assistant coach working in a player development role, beginning next season.

The team announced Howard’s hiring, as well as some other shuffling of front office personnel, in an official release on Saturday.

Howard played 19 seasons in the NBA for nine different franchises. His second year in the league was his best statistically — in 1996 with the then-Washington Bullets, Howard averaged 22.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 40.7 minutes per game, while making his only career All-Star appearance.

  1. antistratfordian - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Excellent. He is essential for that locker room. I don’t think it was a coincidence that Riley brought Howard back into the fold after the Heat released that Harlem Shake video.

    • antistratfordian - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Why are people hating on my insightful comment? I see people talking about Juwan hovering over Beasley primarily… but I don’t think people are appreciating the fact that one of Juwan’s primary roles is to keep LeBron focused.

      • badintent - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:43 AM

        Don’t sweat the thumbs. Lots of Cs fans troll on both Heat and Knick blogs with stupid posts. What else can they do ? Their team is crap, no playoff chance. Danny gets to trade barbs with Doc all season.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        People see your username and thumb you down. I didn’t.

      • antistratfordian - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        My name? I didn’t realize the basketball community was rife with passionate Stratfordians.

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Michael Beasley, this is Mr Howard. You two will be spending lots of time together.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      hopefully that includes sitting on the bench.

      • miamatt - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        haha c’mon folks that’s actually pretty funny.

  3. kingwithringz - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    WE SHOCKED THE WORLDDDDDDDD!!!

  4. lacolem1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I have little doubt one of his primary jobs is to mentor Beasley.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      His job title sounds like Zo’s, so the Heat may be double-teaming Beasley, so to speak. Good. But sometimes, as antistratfordian says, it’s not just the extreme cases that need a little tough love now and again – IOW I think they would have done this regardless of Beasley

      Really, this move isn’t a move at all; Juwan will be getting paid for what he was already doing, it’s just that when he sits down, it will be on different furniture. Keeping him in the building one way or another was what this was about.

  5. miamatt - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Been waiting for this to become official. James and Wade loved having him in that locker room, and now the Heat can use that roster spot without losing Howard’s presence. Juwan commands respect among players.

  6. coryfor3 - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    What!? The Heat are hiring? Last I heard they were dismissing all their ticket staff and other kind stuff.

  7. herogoesallin - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    classy organization.

  8. drewdatwit84 - Sep 29, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    I’m sure bringing back Juwan Howard has nothing to do with the Harlem Shake video or Michael Beasley. Bcuz last I remembered, that video was created 12 games into the streak and 15 more consecutive games were won after that… as for Beasley, what is Howard capable of doing in that regard? kidnapping him in his house until gameday?

    • shanelsweet - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      As for Beasley, he could tell him how it’s possible to play 19 years in the NBA and still smoke weed everyday. Howard has been through a lot of stuff in his career that might sound familiar to Beasley.

  9. djstat - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:36 AM

    19 years, one all star appearance, one over inflated contract. Only in the NBA can a guy make multi millions based on potential and then cash in for one good season.

  10. latchbeam - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    djstat… if you are going to say things like that, you may actually want to look at his stats first. Also, change your name… maybe to djidontlookatstats?

    • bougin89 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      To djstat’s defense he is right on the over inflated contract. Howard had a solid career but peaked early and then really wasn’t as good after that. After a few years in Washington he bounced around the league playing pretty solid but not spectacular by any means. After age 30 he was basically just hanging around for 10 years as a bench player/sitter.

  11. legend30 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Off-topic: But what the hell are the Knicks doing!?

    • badintent - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Injecting Amare ‘s knees with HGH, Kobe “blood treatment”, some tequila with OJ and Grenadine(Tequila Sunrise). Down the hatch !

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