Juwan Antonio Howard was born on February 7, 1973, and is a former American professional basketball player at the present time, Juwan Antonio is the current head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s team. Juwan was born in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States of America, and is currently 49 years old. He is 6 feet and 9 inches tall and weighs almost 113 kgs. Juwan’s father’s name is Leroy Watson, and his mother’s name is Helena. Even though Helena and Leroy are his biological parents, Juwan is not at all close to them because he was raised by his grandmother, Jannie Mae Howard.
Helena was just 17 when she became pregnant with Juwan. When Leroy came to know about her pregnancy, he immediately married Helena. Since Helena did not want to face the restrictions of having a child as she was just 17 years old, she left Juwan with his grandmother, and hence, Jannie adopted him legally.
Juwan was raised with two more cousins. Even though he often visited him during holidays, his grandmother is the primary influencer in his life. Juwan was very dear to his grandmother, and Jannie considered him to be her “Pride and Joy.” Juwan did his high school study at the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.
There he also played three seasons of varsity basketball. During his high school, Juwan was chosen for the National Honor Society and also served as Vocational’s homecoming king. Juwan went to the University of Michigan for his further studies. After his graduation, Juwan became the first NBA athlete to enter the draft early and graduate with his academic class. In the summer of his graduate year, he had completed his 32-course hour by taking the 1994 summer classes in the off-NBA season. During the graduation ceremony, even the keynote speaker Marian Wright Edelman paid special recognition to Juwan Antonio.
Juwan Antonio- Personal Life
The name of Juwan Howard’s wife is Jenine Wardley. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 7, 1975. She has three sisters named Lisha, Shakira, and Maya. Juwan met Jenine first time at a party and had started knowing each other since then and ultimately started dating after some time. After some time of their dating, Juwan Howard and Jenine Wardley got married on July 6, 2002.
The couple has two sons , Jace, who was born in September 2001, and Jett was born after two years. Juwan has a total of 6 children with his wife and girlfriends. One of Juwan’s children, son Juward Howard Jr. who was born on February 5, 1992, is the son of Markita Blyden, who was a runner-up for Michigan’s Miss Basketball.
Juwan Antonio- Career
There is no doubt in the fact that Juwan has achieved a brilliant career in his life. He did not only become one of the best NBA players but also one of the best coaches as well. From 1994 to 2001, Juwan was a part of the Washington Bullets/Wizards. Although it had only been five years since his Star appearance, Juwan was declared as the 4th highest paid player during the 2000 to 2001 season. Then from 2001 to 2002, Juwan played for the Dallas Mavericks.
During this season, he had posted around 17 double-doubles and three 30-point performances in 81 games which had 72 starts, while averaging 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. From 2002 to 2003, he played for the Denver Nuggets, and this was the season of scandal for him. During a preseason game, Juwan had made an attempt to punch Al Harrington and Jermaine O’Neil, which resulted in him getting a suspension on October 25, 2002. From 2003 to 2004, Howard played for the Orlando Magic. In this season, the team had compiled a record of 21-61, which was the worst record in the NBA season under coaches Doc Rivers and Johny Davis.
In the season of 2007 to 2008, Juwan returned to Dallas, and this was the first season of his career where he had not started a single game. After that, he again went back to Denver in 2008, and in the season of 2008 to 2009, Juwan was signed by Charlotte Bobcats. In September 2009. Juwan Antonio had signed a one-year contract with Portland Trail Blazer, and after the completion of the contract, on July 20, 2010, Juwan was signed by Miami Heat. After playing for the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2013, Juwan said bye to his career as a player and then his career as a coach.
Juwan Antonio- As a Coach
Juwan Antonio started his coaching career in 2013. On September 28, 2013, when the Heat announced a reshuffling of their organization. The reshuffling had made an announcement that Howard would remain with the HEAT and would officially move into the assistant coach position. This resulted in Juwan retiring from the player life, according to the league regulation rules, one cannot be a coach and an active player at the same time. Then in the year 2019, Howard was chosen and declared as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team.
In 2021, Juwan Antonio was titled Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, Sporting Coach of the Year, and Associated Press College Basketball of the Year and awarded the Henry Iba Award by the USBWA as he guided the Wolverines to a 14-3 Big Ten record and their first Big Ten regular season title in seven years. Along with this, Juwan was also named as the No.1 seed in the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, which resulted in Howard being the first person in NCAA history to enter the tournament as a No.1 seed in both categories of coach and a player.
Juwan Antonio- Net Worth
In the present time, Juwan Howard has a net worth of around $80million. Not only this, but Juwan is also recognized as the first NBA player to receive a $100 million contract. From 1996 to 2006, he earned a salary of about $15 million per year. There is no doubt in the fact that Juwan Howard is the highest-paid player and coach in the history of the NBA.
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