Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 9/28/13

Juwan Howard reportedly has finally hung them up.  The veteran power forward will try to pass on some of the wisdom he soaked up over 25 plus years of competitive basketball on to someone else. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Howard will remain in the Miami Heat organization as an assistant coach. The 40-year-old Howard will focus on player development under coach Erik Spoelstra. Howard hasn’t officially retired as a player, but it seems that he’s laced the sneakers up for a good.  Howard will of course be most remembered for being a member of Michigan’s Fab Five. Chris Webber and Jalen Rose may have gotten all the attention, but Howard was always the stabilizing force for that group. Howard averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game through an NBA career in which he earned more than $151 million in salary during his playing career. Say what you want about Howard as a player in his later years, but he was the first NBA player to sign a $100 million contract.

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