No thank you.
Juwan Howard, the former longtime NBA player who now coaches at his Michigan alma mater, recently turned down an opportunity to get involved in the Lakers’ search for a head coach, ESPN reported.
The Lakers, coming off a brutal 33-49 season in which they missed the playoffs, are currently on the last three of former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham, and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts. Personal interviews are expected to take place in the near future.
Howard played with Lakers star LeBron James and knew general manager Rob Pelinka well from his playing days. But leaving Michigan was seen as a long road, especially as Howard wants to coach his two sons, Jace and Jett, a junior and freshman respectively.
Before taking the Michigan job in 2019, Howard interviewed for the Lakers opening that ultimately went to Frank Vogel, who was fired last month. At the time, he was an assistant coach with the Heat, his job for six seasons.
Howard has a 93-61 record in three seasons at Michigan and was the 2021 national coach of the year. He has led the Wolverines to two NCAA tournament berths and a Big Ten regular-season crown.
He was suspended for the final games of the previous regular season and fined $40,000 after hitting a Wisconsin assistant coach in the head during a post-game hand-to-hand fight.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/22/juwan-howard-rejected-lakers-advances-about-coaching-job/ Juwan Howard dismissed the Lakers’ advances in coaching