Former Michigan star Juwan Howard to make NBA coaching debut while coaching his son during NBA Summer League
Juwan Howard will make his NBA head coaching debut with the Miami Heat this summer. But Howard’s introduction will be a little bit more special than a typical head coaching inauguration.
Howard will also coach his son, Juwan Howard Jr., during the Orlando Pro Summer League and the Las Vegas League this month, according to The Detroit News’ Ira Winderman.
“Now I’m having the opportunity to coach my son on the basketball court on a professional level, it’s a dream come true,” Howard told Winderman.
The elder Howard has been an assistant to Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra the past three seasons after wrapping up his 19-year playing career with the Heat in 2013. He now gets an opportunity to evaluate his son and 18 other prospects as he tries to forge a path in his new career.
Of course, that means dad might be a bit harsher on his son than the other prospects. But that’s just tough love, isn’t it?
“My dad is definitely not going to take it lighter on me,” Howard Jr. told Winderman. “In person, he will be quiet. But at home, he will not let me get away with anything, not even tying my shoe wrong.”