Family ties played a pivotal role in his decision as Howard’s sons will play at Michigan this fall
Michigan coach Juwan Howard turned down ‘overture’ from the Los Angeles Lakers. His priority to coach the Wolverines has been reaffirmed by his decision.
The Lakers are currently focusing to search for a new coach this offseason after the removal of Frank Vogel. According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers never offered Howard a formal deal, but “it’s evident that if he had shown interest in the position.”
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Howard previously worked as an assistant for the Miami Heat from 2013 until 2019. He has been the head coach of the Wolverines since 2019, and he is delighted to stay in Ann Arbor since his two kids, Jace and Jett, are on the team and family ties look like a solid reason for his stay. In three seasons at Michigan, Howard has a 93-61 overall record and was awarded the AP’s National Coach of the Year in 2021. Howard will enter his fourth season at Michigan.
The Lakers have reportedly limited their coaching search to three contenders excluding Howard. Although there is no deadline for a decision, the team is likely to undertake concluding interviews.
Howard may someday make the move to the NBA, he is currently committed to his present role with the Wolverines.