Juwan Howard of the Miami Heat is a long respected veteran in the NBA. Before Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers, Howard had words with Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. Howard was not amused with the choking gesture that Stephenson gave to LeBron James. The situation was defused before violence broke out.
I understand what Howard’s motive was, but come on dude. There is no reason to get into it with the kid before Game 4. Neither of you are going to play a meaningful minute in the playoffs. If you have an issue with him, be civil about it. Don’t get in his face before a game.
Juwan Howard is getting raked over the coals for this incident by some people and he should. It is just a flat out bad thing to do. The kid made a mistake and he said he was sorry for it. Why do you need to fan the flames? This will probably incite the Pacers crowd even more. They get rowdy there and the Heat do not need to make a more hostile enviornment.
What makes it worse is that Juwan Howard went and looked for Stephenson on Saturday. This is not that big of a deal, Juwan. The kid did what kids do. He didn’t think and did something in the heat of the moment. Let it go man.
I hope Juwan Howard eventually apologizes. I doubt that happens but it is a nice thought. He should be the bigger man. He is the veteran in the league. Stephenson is still a young and pretty immature kid. In this situation, the roles were apparently reversed. It is not like the Heat need more reasons to be hated, but I guess Howard thought he was not getting enough attention.