When Juwan Howard entered the rumor mill as the potential Los Angeles Lakers head coach, many felt he was on high of the precedence listing given his ties to LeBron James. However because it seems, Howard just isn’t eager on capitalizing on this benefit.
Ann Arbor with sons
The Lakers have already got a shortlist of candidates: Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, and former Portland Path Blazers coach Terry Stotts. Howard would’ve been included on this listing and would have simply climbed up the ladder. However he has opted to stay with the Michigan Wolverines, a program he led to the no.1 seed within the 2021 NCAA Division I Males’s Basketball Event. Howard was named nationwide Large Ten Coach of the 12 months for his excellent efforts.
“The Lakers by no means made a proper supply to Howard, sources mentioned, however it’s clear that if he had expressed an curiosity within the job, his candidacy would’ve moved shortly to that stage. Whereas Howard has a taking part in historical past with Lakers common supervisor Rob Pelinka and star LeBron James, he has persistently maintained he plans to stay in Ann Arbor, the place his sons Jace and Jett shall be a junior and freshman, respectively, subsequent season,” per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
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Howard spent the final three seasons of his NBA profession with Miami. Although he didn’t play very a lot, Howard embraced the function of a veteran voice — an important function for any workforce vying for the title.
The Lakers have had their eyes on Howard since 2019. When he was an assistant for the Warmth, the Lakers interviewed him for the pinnacle teaching submit. However Howard took a unique route and returned to his alma mater as an alternative.
The Boston Celtics, too, wished Howard on the teaching helm. When Brad Stevens moved up because the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, they have been taking a look at Howard as his alternative. Howard declined and continued to teach at Ann Arbor.
The Lakers entrance workplace will interview Ham, Atkinson, and Stotts within the close to future. Stories reveal that the workforce is on the lookout for a coach who is aware of methods to make the most of Russell Westbrook — a job they really feel Frank Vogel failed in. They’re additionally on the lookout for a coach who instructions respect from the gamers, somebody who can management egos.
Within the subsequent few weeks or months, the Lakers may lastly identify their new coach. Given the Lakers’ wealthy successful tradition, whoever it’s shall be below the crosshairs of its diehard followers and analysts.