Report: Miami Heat Expected to Hire Former Player as New Assistant Coach

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When former Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard was hired as the new head coach at the University of Michigan, it left an opening on Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra’s staff.

A recent report indicates that Howard’s replacement is expected to be former Heat player Malik Allen.

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This past season, the 40-year-old Allen worked as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to that, he served for four years as an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy with the Detroit Pistons.

As a player, Allen played collegiately at Villanova University before being signed by the Heat as an undrafted free agent in 2001. That began what would be a 10-year tenure with the Heat. Following his time in Miami, Allen went on to play for seven other NBA teams before calling it a career.

With the exception of the 2002-03 campaign, when he started 73 of 80 regular season games, Allen’s professional career consisted of coming off the bench as a 6-foot-10 forward.

He ended his career with averages of 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.

If all goes according to plan, it looks like Allen is going to continue his blossoming coaching career where it all started for him as an NBA player.
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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.