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Report: Michigan coach Juwan Howard expected to draw major NBA interest

Michigan coach Juwan Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 12: Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard celebrates leaving the floor for halftime during the men’s Big Ten tournament college basketball game between the Maryland Terrapins and Michigan Wolverines on March 12, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Juwan Howard drew NBA head-coaching consideration last offseason.

And that was before he guided Michigan to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Jonathan Givony of ESPN:

many NBA executives feel Howard will be in high demand once again this offseason.

Would Howard make a good NBA head coach? I don’t know. There’s always risk with someone who hasn’t done the job before.

But Howard has aced every test put in front of him.

His 19-year NBA playing career – in which he spent time as a star, role player and bench warmer – gives him perspective. He impressed as a Heat assistant. In just two years since getting hired, Howard has elevated an already-strong Michigan program into college basketball’s elite class.

NBA teams should absolutely consider him a strong head-coaching candidate.

The bigger question: Would he leave Ann Arbor?