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I’m sensing a trend here…  Juwan Howard had become a fixture on the Miami Heat bench and now he will stay on the sideline but this time as an assistant coach.  Read more after the jump.

Shay Marie

The Miami Heat promoted Andy Elisburg to general manager and hired Juwan Howard as an assistant coach.

Howard’s impact was made with his veteran presence, most notably in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Pacers when he lit into his teammates at halftime, helping to produce the desired result.

In essence, Howard was more of a de facto assistant coach in his final year with the Heat than he was a contributing player. Management apparently recognized his ability in that area, as they’ve hired him to be an assistant coach working in a player development role, beginning next season.