Today Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA. Following his co-rookie of the year Grant Hill's retirement that means Juwan Howard is now the last member of the 1994 Draft that's still active.
Who knows if Juwan will play next year, but a tip o' the cap to him all the same.
Miami Heat is looking to close out the Indiana Pacers in this Game 6. It is the only NBA action on tonight for you NBA fans, but even if you don't like the NBA, there is another reason for you to tune in.
With Chris Bosh injuried and Udonis Haslem suspended, expect to see Juwan Howard play some meaning minutes in this big game for possibly the last time in his career. He is the only active big man on the Heats' roster who can hit a mid-range jumper, so for that reason I expect him to have a pivotal role in this game.
EDIT: On ESPN
Just in case you missed it or want to watch Jalen rip on Duke again
Darren Everson has a WSJ article about Juwan Howard trying to win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat and thus break what the writer calls the Fab Five "curse":
It remains one of the great curses in sports.
Despite being the most celebrated group of recruits in college-basketball history, Michigan's Fab Five—Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber—have never won a significant title.
The five, which arrived in Ann Arbor in 1991, came agonizingly close in college, making the NCAA final twice in consecutive years and coming within an overtime of the 1994 Big Ten crown. One of them, Webber, narrowly missed being selected to an Olympic team that won the gold at Sydney. In the NBA, despite playing for 46 collective seasons and earning hundreds of millions in salary, they haven't won a single ring.
Howard and Jalen Rose offered different takes on criticism of the Fab Five for their lack of titles:
"The criticism hasn't annoyed me at all," said Howard, a 6-foot-9-inch forward. "They're right. We haven't won before."
Rose, the most outspoken of the Fab Five, is a little less diplomatic. "People who use that as a knock are idiots," he said, launching into an argument full of history. "Franchises win titles, not individuals. The Celtics have 17 titles. The Lakers have 16, and the Bulls have six. There have only been 64, and that right there puts you at almost 40. I guarantee you that if one of us played with Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe [Bryant], Michael Jordan, I think we would've found a way to get a title."
Perhaps the most interesting part of the article was the economic slant one would expect from the WSJ:
Where the Fab Five did excel is at staying healthy and productive, which enabled them to earn astronomical sums. The four Fab Fivers who reached the NBA made a combined $431 million in salary, based on estimates and news reports—$526 million when adjusted for inflation. That's roughly equivalent to the estimated value of the Swedish auto maker Saab.
Article also says that Howard "plans to come back next season regardless of whether Miami wins it all. 'I'm not leaving until they rip the jersey off me.'"
Following up on this:
Good luck to the classiest (but not by much) member of the fab five. Lebron be damned, I'd like to see Juwan get his this year.
According to several reports Juwan is finalizing a deal to join the Heat. Hopefully he can bounce back from last years injuries and get that elusive title...
We all love lists and debating about lists. MGoBlue.com just completed its series on the top Michigan NBA Draft Picks of all time. Drum roll, please.
- Rudy Tomjanovich
- Glen Rice
- Juwan Howard
- Cazzie Russell
- Jalen Rose
- Jamal Crawford
- Ricky Green
- Campy Russell
- Terry Mills
- Phil Hubbard
That list is hard to argue with -- if you confine yourself to the players that the Athletic Department is allowed to consider. Of course the list has a huge hole since one person many would put as number one disqualified himself.
So where to put C-Webb? He was a number one draft pick and finished his 15 year NBA career with 17,182 points and 8,124 rebounds. He was a 5 time All-Star, 5 time All-NBA selection (2001 first team, 1999, 2002, & 2003 second team, 2000 third team), All Rookie team and Rookie of the Year in 1994, and the 1999 NBA rebounding champ (13.0 rpg). But, he has no NBA championships, something that both Rudy T (as a coach) and Glen Rice (as a role player) have. And Rice still beats Webber out as the most prolific Wolverine NBA scorer (natch).
I say number three, but it's close.