Michigan Wolverines coach Juwan Howard recently turned down the Los Angeles Lakers hysteria for the position of head coach of the NBA team, ESPN reported Sunday.
Howard will stay at his alma mater, where he will coach his two sons – Jace and Jett – next season, ESPN reported, citing sources. Jace will be a 12th grader and Jett a freshman at Michigan.
The Lakers have been looking for a head coach since Frank Vogel was fired in April after the team finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs.
ESPN says the Lakers have never made an official offer for Howard but he would be a strong contender for the position if he shows interest.
Howard interviewed for the Lakers head coach position when he was assistant coach with the Miami Heat in 2019 before he took the top job at Michigan.
Howard guided the Wolverines to the Sweet 16 during last season’s NCAA Tournament. He’s 61-32 in three seasons at Michigan, including 19-15 last season. The team also made the NCAA Tournament last season, placing Eighth and finishing 23-5.
The finalists for the Lakers coach position include Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, ESPN reports. . The magazine said the Lakers are likely to do in-person interviews in the near future.
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