Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Backtime with Stephen Howard: It's the Journey, not the Destination

If you’re ever on “Millionaire” and you’re stumped on world geography, this man is your lifeline.

Stephen Howard was an Academic All-American at DePaul where he is the #6 all-time scorer and is #5 in rebounds. But that was just Act I of his hoops career.

After two-plus seasons with Utah and a couple of cups of coffee with San Antonio and Seattle, you’d think he’d earn a “journeyman” label. Not even close.

Try professional hoop stops in: Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Philippines, China, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Saudi Arabia. That’s 12 foreign countries, and that doesn’t even count his time served in Utah.

Steve is a relative newcomer to the TV side of basketball, but you’d figure with life experience like that he’ll pick it up quick.

Where does a style-horse like the 6’9” Stephen Howard get his threads? In the Philippines, of course. He estimates 20 suits and 25 pairs of shoes, all customized and top-quality at a fraction of the cost that it would be here in the states. Then you go out with him and catch a glimpse of the designer wallet from China and the one-of-a-kind necklace from Lebanon.

Steve is 38, and features off-beat comedian quotes as his e-mail tag. He resides in his home town of Dallas, TX and will call the early rounds of the Big 12 Championship for the Big 12 Network. Then...back to life as an international man of mystery and intrigue? He'll be sure to keep you guessing about his next move.

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