Despite at least a few days of stress, Michigan basketball fans got some good news earlier this week as Adrian Wojnarowski reported Juwan Howard had rejected overtures from the NBA to fill some head coaching vacancies. Of course, Howard originally made his name as a coach with the Miami Heat before he took over in Ann Arbor.
Sources: Michigan’s Juwan Howard continues to tell NBA teams he's not interested in even a discussion on leaving Ann Arbor. Teams are also calling to gather intel on Memphis coach Penny Hardaway's work. He's going to get offers to interview for openings in this NBA job cycle.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2021
Of course, while this will be welcome news for Wolverine fans, don’t expect this to be the last we hear about Howard as an NBA head coaching candidate as Howard certainly has an impressive resume. He was a key contributor with Michigan’s Fab Five before leading a lengthy career in the NBA as a player and assistant coach. He then took over in Ann Arbor two years ago, where he has led the program to noteworthy success, including a Big Ten regular season title this season.
Michigan is expected to enter next season with high hopes yet again led by the nation’s best recruiting class and players like Eli Brooks. And if Hunter Dickinson opts to forego the NBA Draft and return to campus, things look even better. We’ll have to wait and see how things to sort out and expect many of these reports to resurface next spring.