As coaching vacancies begin to open up in the NBA, coaches at the college level will inevitably get calls about filling those spots. While Michigan head coach Juwan Howard’s phone might ring, he will reportedly stay put.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, NBA teams have reached out to Howard about becoming a head coach at the next level. However, Howard wants to stay with the Wolverines as he continues to build his vision at his alma mater. Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway, on the other hand, might be more inclined to become a head coach in the NBA.
“Sources: Michigan’s Juwan Howard continues to tell NBA teams he's not interested in even a discussion on leaving Ann Arbor,” Wojnarowski tweeted. “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.”
Howard, a member of the legendary Fab Five, was hired by Michigan in 2019 and just completed his second season with the program. After a 19-12 season in 2019-20, Howard earned Coach of the Year honors in 2021 after leading the Wolverines to a 23-5 record and a spot in the Elite Eight.
That loss to the Bruins was a 51-49 heartbreaker for the Wolverines, but Howard’s focus quickly turned to being even better in the 2021-22 season. After his team got eliminated from March Madness, Howard addressed what lessons he wanted to take from one season to the next.