Howard, who only played three seasons with the Heat and had the pleasure of riding the “Big Three’s” coattails all the way to the Finals, will now hold the position of assistant coach, as Miami chases it’s three-peat this upcoming season. Howard, who played a very minimal role with the Heat, averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 92 games with the team.
Former Heat star point guard Hardaway will hold the position of scout/community and corporate liaison. Unlike his “Fab Five” star, Hardaway played a much bigger role on the Heat roster, and even made the Eastern Conference Finals in the 96-97 season, only to lose to some guy named Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls. Hardaway averaged 17 points, almost eight assists and 3.2 rebounds in his six seasons spent with Miami.
I think it’s great that Heat president Pat Riley and CEO Nick Arison have so much respect for these former stars and have brought them on board to help Miami in chasing their quest of becoming a dynasty.
As both Howard and Hardaway have a combined 32 years of experience in the NBA, and nine of those were with the Heat franchise, it seems inevitable that they will have a long-lasting relationship with the team. But will these players’ on-the-court expertise transfer to their off-the-court actions? Only time will tell.