Tag:Juwan Howard
Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 3:28 pm

Heat F Juwan Howard to appeal $35K fine

Miami Heat forward Juwan Howard says he plans to appeal his fine for a recent scrap with the Washington Wizards. Posted by Ben Golliver. juwan-howard

Back on Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall punched Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. While the blow barely faced Ilgauskas it did set off a chain reaction of pushing and shoving that would up seeing Wall, Ilgauskas and Heat forward Juwan Howard ejected from the game. On Thursday, the NBA suspended Wall for one game and fined both Ilgauskas and Howard.

On Friday, Howard told the Sun-Sentinel that he plans to appeal his $35,000 fine because he didn't think he should have been ejected in the first place and because he thought the amount of the fine was "very harsh."
"I wouldn't regret doing it if I had to do it again," said Howard, who said he merely was trying to protect a teammate. "Unfortunately, I just thought that the penalty was very harsh."
"I respect the fact that the NBA, of course, wants to take a stance as far as cleaning up the game," the veteran forward said, "but, unfortunately, a situation like that happened. Hopefully, we don't have to deal with it again.
Howard, who at 38 years old is one of the league's oldest players, has likely reached the point where this is all about principle. More power to him for standing up to the league office and exercising his right for a review. 

With that said, the judgment handed done seemed to be fairly consistent with other recent situations involving escalation. These situations do seem to be a point of emphasis for officials and the league, who are looking to crack down on the aftermath as much as they are the original hard fouls.

Or we could look at it this way: Howard is so old that he has a son in college. $35,000 is a year's tuition! Of course he's going to appeal.
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:55 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 8:04 pm

John Wall suspended after altercation with Heat

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall was suspended one game for an incident that occurred in a game on Wednesday night. Posted by Ben Golliver.


On Wednesday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall threw a punch at Miami Heat center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, which set off an altercation that involved Wizards center JaVale McGee and Heat forward Juwan Howard

On Thursday, the NBA announced that Wall would be suspended over the incident. The league further ruled that Ilgauskas and Howard would be fined.
John Wall of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay, and Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat has been fined $35,000 for their roles in an incident during a game on Wednesday, March 30. Additionally, Miami’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been fined $25,000. The penalties were announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
Wall has been suspended for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, which included throwing a closed-fist and forearm into the midsection of Ilgauskas, and Howard has been fined for escalating the altercation. The incident occurred with 8:48 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s 123-107 victory at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.   

Ilgauskas, who received a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two, for an elbow to the face of Wall, has been fined for making an obscene gesture following his ejection. 

Wall will serve his suspension on Friday, April 1 when the Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers
The Wizards are way out of the Eastern Conference playoff chase so the suspension is meaningless from a basketball perspective. For Wall, this is simply a sign of youthful frustration. While his defenders will paint this as Wall's attempt to establish that he won't be punked by veterans, established stars in the NBA never, ever respond to something as common as a swinging elbow by throwing a close-fisted punch during the second quarter of an unimportant game in March. Wall's actions proved nothing except that he is easily rattled, and they left his team without its best player.

Wall, the 2010 No. 1 pick, is better than this mess. Hopefully, the time off will help him see that.
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 12:54 am

What to remember from Lakers-Heat II

The Heat win a big one as the entire team steps up, while Kobe Bryant shows what makes him great, and frustrating, after the game. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Let's get this out the way. 

While this game was one that the Lakers genuinely cared about (as evidenced by the kind of effort given by both the players and Phil Jackson, who not only actively coached, but yelled at officials standing up, and called timeouts), it does not "matter." The Heat is still unlikely to face the Lakers again this season with both Chicago (0-2) and Boston (0-2) somewhere in their spring future. Had the Lakers won, it would not be a death knell on the Heat's future. This is not a conviction of the Lakers' season. 

But it was a great game, and it was one in which there were things that made zero sense, and some that made all the sense in the entire world. 

What we'll remember from this game

The Heat gave everything: We'd waited all season for them to rise to a moment, and they finally did. Wade diving on the floor for a loose ball, chucking it to James for a dunk so hard he wound up in the second row of photographers. It was effort from start to finish, and it was impressive, despite some terrible shooting performances. 

Dwyane Wade rose to the moment: I couldn't get over how terrible Dwyane Wade looked for the first 36 minutes of the game. He was losing balls unforced out of bounds off the dribble. He was missing wide-open spot-up threes. He was playing as he had in every big game for the Heat this year. Then suddenly, it all fell into place and Dwyane Wade, the Dwyane Wade who's an NBA champion, an MVP candidate, one of the best shooting guards in the history of the game stepped up and made the plays he needed to make to win the game. It was a definite redemption after the last three weeks of struggle, and something the Heat badly needed. James did his job, Wade did his job, capitalized on the opportunities, and perhaps most importantly, didn't settle from the outside. He attacked, and the result was shots at the rim. Wade's final eight-minute stretch? Eight points on 4-7 shooting, 2 offensive rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 turnover. 

Chris Bosh shutting everyone up: Chris Bosh was supposed to struggle in the post. He was supposed to be the weak link. And he has for most of the year. But against the Lakers, he was everything he said he would be. He hit the post-turnaround over bigger defenders, he grabbed 9 boards, he worked hard at both ends, played aggressive, smart, and led the Heat in scoring. Chris Bosh was the best player for the Heat the whole night through. Who saw that coming?

Wasted Advantage Down Low: Andrew Bynum was 4-5 from the field, and 5-6 from the stripe for 13 points. That's some pretty incredible efficiency. Pau Gasol was 8-16 and 4-5 from the line. Not as stunning, but pretty good. Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, and Ron Artest were 14-37. You'd think that at some point, with the Heat trotting out Juwan Howard, Joel Anthony, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, that someone with the Lakers would say "Hey, maybe we should throw it to one of the really tall guys." It's not that their success is guaranteed, it's that it just seems like something that may have helped. The rebounding, though, that's all on the bigs. Outrebounded 46-37, with the Heat enjoying five more offensive boards. The Lakers did not bring their best efforts on the glass, worried too much about shutting down the Triad. 

Support players stepping up and down: The Heat bench outscored the Lakers' 22-16, something few saw coming. Mike Miller was in effect. The Heat badly needed a role player to step up in the first quarter, and it was Mario Chalmers, with three big 3-pointers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas wound up a +16 on the night. That's just an impressive overall performance for a squad that's been mocked, derided, and questioned all seasons. Against one of the stronger units, they stepped up and were a huge part of the Heat win. 

Kobe Bryant after-hours: Is there a more iconic image of Bryant? In a game that featured a terrible shooting performance from him, where he turned the ball over late, where he hoisted 35-foot 3-pointers into the air, ignoring any semblance of an offensive system, he returns an hour after the game to work on his jumper. This is Kobe Bryant, the most feared player in the NBA, determined to work on the very shots that should never have been taken, confident that if he works hard enough, they'll fall, because they've fallen before. Maybe they fell because he was younger, stronger, but he'll never approach the game that way and his fans will never want him to. They'll want him doing exactly what he did Thursday night, work on his game until his blood's run dry, even if that game isn't what Phil Jackson wants, the Lakers need, or his body requires. As for why he says he did it? "This is (his) job." He'll focus on those shots he missed, never considering that maybe he should have created, should have worked in the flow of the offense, should have been a part of the engine as opposed to the sole operator. He's won five championships because of this, he may win his sixth because of this, and he'll be simultaneously revered and reviled because of it. Some will say it's what sets him apart from LeBron James even as James got the win. Others will say it's an attention-grabbing stunt, even as he never informed media he'd be there or paid any attention to them. Kobe Bryant will always be the player we can never agree on, can never let go of.  He's too determined, too stubborn, too brilliant, too frustrating. But at the end of the day, he's got his rings, and a great chance at another. For one night, however, he's got that gym, and his thoughts. 

The Heat have the win. 
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2011 1:54 pm

NBA post-trade deadline buyout and signing buzz

A roundup of all the latest buyout updates and signings from around the NBA after last week's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Golliver. trade-deadline

The blockbuster moves are out of the way now that the NBA's trade deadline has come and gone, but roster movement around the league continues as players are bought out or waived. This post will update throughout Monday with the latest updates on buyouts, waivings and signings. 

(Latest Buzz)  
  • Yahoo! Sports reports: "Troy Murphy has phone calls set with Pat Riley and Danny Ainge on Monday night, and source says 'still torn' between Miami and Boston." The site notes that a decision is expected "within the next 48 hours."
  • Guard Mike Bibby has reached a buyout agreement with the Washington Wizards and may be headed to the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports. Bibby was traded to the Wizards by the Atlanta Hawks last week.
  • The Miami Herald reports that Bibby-to-Miami isn't a done deal and that Bibby's agent, David Falk, says the the Boston Celtics and other are still in contention, calling the situation "really speculative at this point."
  • The New York Daily News reports that "there's a chance" Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman will be released, which opens up the possibility that the Knicks add Jeffries and an additional player. Releasing Balkman would come at a cost as his contract doesn't run out until 2012-2013.
  • HoopsWorld.com reports that the Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent big man Earl Barron to a 10-day contract. Barron had been linked to both the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.
  • NBA.com reports that the Charlotte Bobcats officially released Mo Peterson after acquiring him via trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder last week.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:39 am
Edited on: January 4, 2011 2:11 am

LeBron says Heat call themselves "The Heatles"

LeBron James calls the Miami Heat "the Heatles" in comparison with the legendary rock band, due to their ability to sell out on the road wherever they go. We compare and contrast in an all-too-serious endeavor of an altogether silly comment.
Posted by Matt Moore

In a move that's sure to make everyone much less critical of the collective ego of the Miami Heat, LeBron James said in his postgame comments after the Heat dispatched the short-handed and "Revolution No. 9"-esque Bobcats that the Heat referred to themselves as "The Heatles" since they sell out wherever they go. It should be noted that Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reminded us tonight, LeBron has used the "Eatles" gag before with Drew Gooden, Damon Jones, and James calling themselves "the Cleatles" in 2006.

Now, comparing his fledgling basketball team to the greatest rock and roll group of all time isn't even the dumbest thing LeBron's said in the past month (you may remember the 2010 pop hit "I Want To Contract Your Hand"). But it's right up his alley to make a ridiculous allusion which will only further the overwhelming amount of vitriol directed towards he and his Fab ... er ... Three ... when Bosh shows up. People love the Beatles. Love the Beatles. They were representative of both the childhoods of many and their parents, but a cultural revolution and the idea that the world could be a better place through listening to music made by drug users and makers of ridiculous film.  They were also much, much cooler than LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, and Wade's pretty cool. 

Still, if we're going to venture down this long and winding road, we might as well take it all the way. And with that, here is the comprehensive guide to the similarities and dissimilarities of the Beatles and the 2010 Miami Heat. 

LeBron James is clearly John. Complicated relationship with his mother: check. Periodic moments of delusions of grandeur (okay, not so periodic): check. Rampant mood swings particularly when brought under criticism: check. Brilliance in performance to an almost genius capacity in chosen field: check. Two sons: check. 

Both James and Lennon shared early flashes of strain against traditional roles, as Lennon was one of the first to seek out experimentation with new instruments and creative ideas counter to the verse-chorus-verse traditional concept (along with George Harrison), LeBron began redefining the small forward position in the modern age with his ability to both distribute and rebound along with dropping a fat 40 in any given night.  The two also began their professional careers when they were in their teens. 

More than that, though, is that Lennon always sought to both embrace and reject the idolatry of their rock and roll lifestyles. Lennon very much sought to reach the "toppermost of the poppermost" in both creative and commercial success, while James and his merry band of LRMR men want to build a global empire. Lennon had a fierce rejection of the public eye once Beatlemania ran him ragged, and James began to slough off being the ultra-nice hero beginning with his refusal to shake Dwight Howard's hand in the 2009 playoffs. 

And then, naturally, in the end, there's the rather ugly similarities between how Lennon left the Beatles and LeBron James left the Cavaliers, a kind of bizarre inverse similarity. Lennon left the greatest musical collaboration of all time to spread his wings on his own. This is the point where I quote "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and reference "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." James left a situation where he was forced to be singularly great and solely profound on his own floor in order to join the greatest starting five collection of talent since... well, the Lakers. But it sells like rock and roll. 

Dwyane Wade is Paul, there can be no doubt. Commercially viable, easy with the press without having to overly strain himself, easy in the spotlight and more than happy to simply pursue pop songs, in this case, championships instead of messing with overt artistic revelations (global branding). Yet oddly underrated in that department as well, as some of the finest songs of the Beatles' peak era (Rubber Soul through Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) came from Paul, while Wade himself is redefining the combo guard position, sometimes playing the small forward to LeBron's point guard and at times the point guard to LeBron's shooting guard. 

Again we see the similarities in reverse, as Wade had a prolific solo career that was still never as recognized as it should have been prior to his collaboration with the Triad. 

Wade and Paul also enjoyed, ahem ... the company of several young ladies, though Wade's marriage to his childhood sweetheart is more reminiscent of John's relationship with Cynthia Lennon.  Like McCartney, Wade is comfortable as the front man of his band and has been proactive in the management of his assets. 

I would love to tell you that Chris Bosh is a perfect compliment to George Harrison, but the comparisons simply aren't there.  Harrison was a savant, and a driving force in both the life of John Lennon until the breakup of the Beatles, and in the creative mojo that transformed the band from mop head magazine covers to transcendent artists that influenced everyone from U2 and the White Stripes to the Beastie Boys and Kanye West.   Bosh on the other hand, would have been better replaced by Amar'e Stoudemire and while the explanations for his play being of an All-Star caliber are sound, watching the way the Celtics outright dominated him along with other tougher inside tandems leaves doubt, no matter how well he played against the Lakers. Harrison was quiet and enigmatic, Bosh is desperate for attention in the hurricane of media he operates in and has always sought out the limelight. If anything, with his videos featuring cowboy hats and other nonsense, he's more the Ringo type, but perhaps that's too cruel.

In this scenario, it should be said that Pat Riley bears a striking resemblance to George Martin, "the Fifth Beatle." Having the vision to take them to the next level, knowing how to manage their egos, trusting in their creative vision, it all flows in line with Riley's work as GM of the Heat. Of course, if the Heat flounder in the playoffs, undergo a massive transformation and never recover, all of these translations are pointless. Okay, they're pretty pointless anyway, but the comparison still is fun to contemplate. 

Of course, there's one huge difference between the two teams. After the Beatles made it big, they always sold out in England. In other words, they always sold out at home. Can't say the same for the Heat. 

Maybe the strongest conceptual relationship, though, exists in the friendship itself. Brought together by a common interest (basketball, music), the groups became thick as thieves and seemed for all the world like the closest lads in Liverpool/South Beach. Never mind that in this scenario the Olympics in Beiijing is boarding school. But for all the intimacy that such time together can afford, the bonds still weren't warm enough to keep the group together as it spread apart with maturity. Yet the Heat grew together in part because of that maturity, or immaturity, as some have reasoned. The Beatles never expressed much public regret about their friendships ending, and if the Heat were to detonate this whole idea this summer after a failed playoff run, it's hard to see too many tears being shed by Dwyane Wade or LeBron James. Wade would go on trying to win championships and James would go on trying to build his brand just as McCartney continued making music and Lennon continued trying to build the brand of peace until his death in 1980. 

At the end of last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup between the Cavs and Celtics, Kevin Garnett spoke with LeBron James and while not explicitly suggesting he make his decision one way or another, did bring James' mind around to the complexities of the decision. Likewise, Bob Dylan, an older and more experienced musician, introduced the Beatles to marijuana and in doing so, brought them into a new age of musical experimentation which led to their best work. 

The recurring theme of Wade's injuries and the conspiratorial nature of the calls he received in the 2006 Finals do translate favorably to the "Paul is dead" hoax that came out of "Revolution No.9." 

Have we mentioned that Chris Bosh hired a documentary filmmaker to cover his free agency this summer? The passion for film certainly translates here as well. A Miami Heat "Help!" film would do much to repair their public image. Okay, that's a lie. But it would be really funny.

Dare we say that Jim Gray is the equal to Ed Sullivan?

The best inverse relational aspect that people are hoping and waiting for? 

They're all hoping LeBron becomes buds with Allen Iverson prompting him to leave the Heat hanging in order to join Iverson on some weird Sixers team that runs the Princeton offense or something. Yoko'd.

And yes, Spoelstra's best comparison is Pete Best, despite not having been replaced yet. Hard to get around it. Other candidates include: Mo Williams, Delonte West, and the entire city of Cleveland, Ohio.

Your complete Heatles Discography so far:
"A Hard Day's Night" BOS 88 MIA 80
"Baby's in Black" UTA 116 MIA 114
"Twist and Shout" MIA 96 ORL 70
"Yesterday" MIA 118 CLE 96
"Ticket to Ride: MIA 113 NYK 96
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" MIA 96 LAL 80

Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm

Wizards' Armstrong suspended for flagrant foul

The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong for one game without pay for his flagrant foul on Miami Heat center Joel Anthony on Monday night. Posted by Ben Golliver

The NBA announced today that Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong has been suspended for one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul 2 against Miami Heat center Joel Anthony during the third quarter of Monday night's game between the two teams.
Hilton Armstrong of the Washington Wizards has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Joel Anthony of the Miami Heat, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

Armstrong is set to serve his suspension on Wednesday night, when the Wizards travel to Toronto to face the Raptors.

To earn the suspension, Armstrong shoved Anthony out of the air during a lay-up attempt with both hands, causing Anthony to crash to the floor like a character from The Matrix. Heat forward Juwan Howard then rushed to Anthony's defense, pushing Armstrong to the ground from behind, which led to some jawing between the teams. Armstrong was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and immediately ejected from the game. Howard was also ejected after a video review of the incident. The altercation occurred at the :32 mark of the third quarter, with the Heat leading comfortably, 80-68.

Here's the must-watch video of the entire incident again.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 1:24 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm

Heat forward Udonis Haslem eyes April return

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem eyes an April return from  foot surgery. Posted by Ben Golliver udonis-haslem Back on Nov. 21, Miami Heat forward and co-captain Udonis Haslem tore a ligament in his left foot. He underwent surgery two days later and was ruled out for an indefinite period of time, with some reports speculating that the Heat enforcer could miss the entire 2010-2011 NBA season. The Associated Press reports on Twitter that Haslem said Monday night that there is "no" chance his season is over and that he is looking "more at April than March" for a return to the court. The Heat conclude their regular season on April 13, but an April return would make Haslem available for a playoff run. (Assuming the Heat avoid the lottery.) Haslem's confidence is good news for the Heat, who badly miss their enforcer. Reserve forward Juwan Howard had to step up on Monday night to defend center Joel Anthony following a nasty flagrant foul by Washington Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong, and the physical tests for Miami's weak front line are surely just beginning.  As badly as Miami misses Haslem's physicality, Haslem misses the rough stuff that has buttered his NBA bread. The Sun-Sentinel reports on Twitter that Haslem said on Monday that he wished he could have been out there during the Heat/Wizards game. "I would have loved to be out there tonight, with all the pushing and shoving," the paper quotes Haslem as saying.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 9:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm

Video: Miami Heat scuffle with Washington Wizards

The Miami Heat and Washington Wizards scuffle after a flagrant foul by Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong on Heat center Joel Anthony. Posted by Ben Golliver During the third quarter of their Monday game, the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards got into a bit of a brouhaha after Wizards forward Hilton Armstrong shoved Heat center Joel Anthony out of the air during a lay-up attempt, causing Anthony to crash to the floor. Heat forward Juwan Howard immediately rushed to Anthony's defense, shoving Armstrong to the ground from behind and causing a minor scrum and jawing between the two teams. Here's video of the incident. Armstrong was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and immediately ejected from the game. Howard was also ejected after a video review of the incident. The altercation occurred at the :32 mark of the third quarter, with the Heat leading comfortably, 80-68.
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