Juwan Antonio Howard (born on February 7, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently director of basketball for the Michigan Wolverines men’s team. Howard worked as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2013 until the year 2019. Howard was a player in the NBA from 1994 until 2013.
One-time All-Star and a one-time All NBA power forward started his NBA career as the fifth pick at the time of the 1994 NBA draft, drafted from the Washington Bullets. Prior to being drafted and played in the NBA draft, he made an appearance as an All-American on the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team. In Michigan Howard was one of the “Fab” Five recruit class from 1991 who made the semifinals in the NCAA Tournament in 1992 and 1993. Howard was the winner of two NBA championships in the NBA with Miami between the year 2012 and in 2013..
Howard has been an All-American center and also an Honors Student in the Chicago Vocational Career Academy. Michigan managed to recruit Howard early on over a variety of competing offers, and later convince other players members of his recruiting class to sign on with the team. The Fab Five, which included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson were regular players during their sophomore and freshman years for the 1991-92 as well as 1992-93 Wolverines. Howard was the final player of the Fab Five to remain active as professional basketball players. While some of the Wolverines’ achievements in the 1990s were disqualified because of NCAA regulations infractions which were perpetrated by four players of the team Howard was not personally involved in the controversy and the success of his 1993-1994 All-American season is still being recognized.
Howard was a part of seven years (1994-2001) with his team, the Washington Bullets franchise (renamed the Wizards in 1997) Three years (2004-07) in the Houston Rockets, three seasons with the Heat and a few shorter time frames for other teams. In his first year with the Bullets Howard was one of the few players to finish in time with his class , after dropping out of college early to join the NBA. In the course of one game being the All-Rookie player, and another with the team as an All-Star and an All-NBA Performer In addition, he was one of the few NBA player signed a contract worth $100 million. Although he was an effective player, he was not ever again invited to play at any All-Star Game. In the final days of his contract the team was traded before the NBA deadline two times to gain pay cap space. The most recent time, he was an active player during his year 2005-2006 NBA season. In 2010, he was signed by the Heat and was able to make his debut NBA Finals appearance. He was with the Heat for the remainder of the season, and was awarded the first NBA championship in the 2012 NBA Finals. The Heat returned Heat for a portion of the next season and was crowned a second champion. After he retired as an athlete at the end of 2013, He was within the Heat team in the role of assistant coach over the following six seasons. He then accepted the position of head coach at Michigan.
Howard was awarded numerous accolades for his work as a coach during the 2020-21 season [2Howard was awarded numerous awards for his work as a coach in the 2020-21 season, where Howard took the Wolverines to winning the Big Ten championship. 3. In addition, he has built a reputation as a person of character because of his commitment to civic duty.
Childhood and early life
Howard’s maternal grandmother, Jannie Mae Howard, was the daughter of sharecroppers from Belzoni, Mississippi. There were four daughters when she reached her 19th birthday. One of them was Howard’s mother, Helena. Helena was employed at an Chicago eatery when she found out she was pregnant with Juwan. Howard’s father Leroy Watson, had returning from his Army to a telephone job with a corporation in Chicago. They got married fast after they discovered that Helena was expecting. For the first week of Howard’s life in high school, his junior high school mother kept Howard in a drawer at Jannie Mae’s house.[4The couple was married in the year 2004. Helena aged seventeen years old didn’t wish to be confined or to be burdened with the responsibility of by the responsibility of raising her child, and so Jannie Mae was able to adopt him.[5 Howard’s biological father Leroy Watson Jr. was keen to be his name Leroy Watson, III, however, his grandmother resisted the idea, insisting instead that he be named Juwan Antonio Howard.[6While his mother was occasionally present when he was growing older and his grandmother took care of him,[4together with two cousins.[7Howard is the youngest of three children. Howard does not have siblings and isn’t close to his biological parents. her mother was his most significant source of influence throughout his life.[4He accompanied her to a variety of poverty-stricken Chicago South Side areas; she made sure he was safe and away from gangs while the years progressed and he grew up.[4 One of their houses was a three-bedroom house located on 69th Street in the South Side of Chicago. When he grew up under the influence of his mother and discipline, he was the woman’s “pride and joy”.[55
Howard attended Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where he would later participate in three years of high school basketball.[9The school was not equipped with a gym. Vocational was a gym that was not heated with no locker rooms which meant that players had to dress in an historical classroom.[7However, Howard went on to be named an All-American Basketball player according to Parade magazine and won McDonald’s All American honours. Howard was also chosen to be a member of to be a member of the National Honor Society and served as the homecoming king.[11When he was invited to visit recruiting sites by college coaches like Illinois’ Lou Henson, DePaul’s Joey Meyer and Michigan’s Steve Fisher, Jannie Mae Howard was the one who conducted most of the questioning.
Howard hits the Badgers coach following the loss
Juwan Howard lashes out at Wisconsin assistant after losing (0:45)
Michigan Coach Juwan Howard is a thorn in Wisconsin associate Coach Joe Krabbenhoft in the handshake line following a games that was played between Badgers as well as Wolverines. (0:45)
Michigan coaches of men’s basketball Juwan Howard took aim on Wisconsin coach Joe Krabbenhoft’s face during the postgame handshake exchange between the two teams and triggered a brawl which involved players and coaches from both teams.
Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard stopped Howard in the handshake exchange, leading to the two players having a conversation before being surrounded by athletes and their coaches. Howard placed his finger into Gard’s face , and then grabbed Gard’s sweater as Krabbenhoft appeared during the scrum. Howard pulled out his hand and hit Krabbenhoft’s forehead.
Both teams started pushing and shoving, and Michigan forwards Moussa Diabate and Terrance Williams seeming to be throwing punches. Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath was also seen throwing punches.
The Big Ten said it would examine the issue for “swift and appropriate disciplinary action.”
“The Big Ten Conference is aware of a physical altercation involving Michigan Head Coach Juwan Howard at the conclusion of the Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball game. The conference is in contact with both member institutions and is currently assessing the incident. The conference will provide more information and will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review,” the conference stated in an announcement.
Michigan Athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement that he was sorry for his actions to Wisconsin AD Chris McIntosh, and university president Mary Sue Coleman was reaching out to Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank.
“I am aware of and watched the end of our men’s basketball game. There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with others regardless of instigating factors. I reached out and apologized to Chris McIntosh and President Coleman has reached out to UW Chancellor Blank to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior,” he added. “We will review the situation more thoroughly and work with the Big Ten Conference as they determine their disciplinary actions and will determine if further disciplinary actions are warranted.”
McIntosh stated that he had reached out to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren regarding the issue, and added that Wisconsin had employees with injuries who had been “affected or injured.”
“There’s no room, no space for conduct like that in any competition, much less a Big Ten competition,” McIntosh declared. “The Big Ten takes pride in sporting courtesy. It is a place where the Big Ten takes pride in performing with class. It’s not happening today.”
Howard admitted to being angry about Wisconsin’s use of timeouts. Wisconsin had two times out in the final minute, in the final 15 seconds in the game, when the Badgers lead by 15. Wisconsin won 77-63.
“I didn’t like the timeout they called, and I’m being totally honest with you,” Howard stated. “I thought it was not necessary at that moment, especially with it being a large lead. … I thought that wasn’t fair to our guys. And so that’s what happened.”
Howard admitted that he reacted when someone from Wisconsin touched Howard, but he didn’t mention who was responsible.
“Someone touched me, and I think it was very uncalled for, for them to touch me, as we were verbalizing and communicating with one another. That’s what escalated it,” he added.
Gard explained his reasoning for the timeouts, notably the one that has 15 seconds remaining in an interview after the game with CBS.
“Apparently he didn’t like that I called the timeout to reset the 10-second call. Because we only had four seconds to get the ball over half court,” Gard stated to CBS. “I didn’t want to put my backups — I had all my bench guys in the game — I didn’t want to put them in that position of scrambling with only four seconds. So I took a timeout and got us a new 10 seconds and it helped them get organized and get the ball in. And he did not like that when he came through the handshake line. I’ll leave it at that and the tape will show the rest.”
Howard hasn’t had his first encounter with an opponent coach after taking the reins at Michigan in the year 2019. In the last Big Ten tournament, Howard was kicked out after engaging in an argument between him and Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon. The two coaches exchanged words , before Howard began to walk towards Turgeon while Howard having to be restrained from his coach assistants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.