Juwan Howard apparently turned the city into the Los Angeles Lakers.
Howard recently turned down an offer by the Lakers to replace Frank Vogel and become the franchise’s next head coach. according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Instead, Howard will stay in Michigan, where he both went to school, and coach both of his sons next year.
According to Wojnarowski, the Lakers never made a formal offer to Howard, but “it’s clear that if he showed interest in the job, his candidacy would move quickly to this stage.”
Howard has long been associated with several NBA jobs after his playing career ended for nearly two decades. He was interviewed for an assistant position with the Miami Heat in 2019 and was reportedly a favorite of Boston Celtics president Brad Stevens during their coaching hunt last year.
This fall, Howard will begin his fourth season at Michigan. He compiled a 93–61 record there over three seasons and won the Big Ten regular season championship before making the Elite Eight at the 2021 NCAA Tournament and winning the National Coach of the Year award. The Wolverines made it to the Sweet 16 earlier this year after entering the tournament as the 11th seed.
This fall, Howard’s sons, Jace and Jett, will play for him. Jace will be the junior and Jett will be the freshman.
Without Howard, the Lakers reportedly narrowed their search for coaches to three finalists. The team is expected to have final interviews soon with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darwin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant and former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, although there is no timeline for a decision. not yet.