Jun 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) shakes hands with Juwan Howard (right) as James comes out of the game in the fourth quarter of game 7 of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-76 to win the series 4 games to 3 .Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell- USA TODAY Sports

Juwan Howard Hired as Heat Assistant Coach

Former Portland Trail Blazer Juwan Howard will retire from basketball after back-to-back championships with the Miami Heat in order to join their coaching staff. Howard played for the Trail Blazers in 2010, alongside an intermittently crippled Greg Oden. He now has the opportunity to help Oden grow once again, exclusively from the sidelines and locker room this time.

Howard is nearly 41 years old and has played 19 NBA seasons. Last year, he spent a grand total of 51 minutes on the court over the course of seven games. To be fair, he rocked some pretty nice suits from the sideline, and now it’s actually his job; that and assisting the Heat in player development. He’s a great fit for the position and should contribute significantly more to the team in this fashion.

With the Blazers, Howard averaged a serviceable 6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes of play per game. While his time in Portland was short, he helped push the Blazers to an ill-fated post-season in the absence of Greg Oden. He played for 8 different teams in 19 years and exits the player scene with 2 NBA championships.

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