Miami Heat keeps Juwan Howard, adds two ex-NBA players to staff


miami-heat-warmupThe Miami Heat have hired two former NBA players to fill in the staff positions for the upcoming season. In particular, former NBA player, Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart was hired as an assistant coach.

Smart has previous coaching experience with Cleveland Cavs, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. He has a career head-coaching record in the NBA of 93-170.

As a player he played two games for the San Antonio Spurs in 1988-89. Smart also played in Philippines, Venezuela and France, as well as in World Basketball League and CBA (Continental Basketball Association).

The Heat has also announced that they will keep their former player, and ex-NBA All-Star Juwan Howard, making him an assistant coach with the team.

Howard, who played 3 seasons with the Heat, spent overall 19 seasons in the NBA as player, appearing in 1208 games, averaging 13.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg in 30.3 mpg.

Additionally, the Heat announced hiring of their former guard Chris Quinn as an assistant coach/player development.

Quinn played for the Heat from 2006 to 2009 before spending time with the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, and Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the following seasons.

He’s also played in both Russia, Spain, and the D-League. He played in 241 career games in the NBA, averaging 4.5 ppg and 1.9 apg in 13.7 mpg.

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