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Reports: Michigan hiring Heat assistant Juwan Howard as head coach

Juwan Howard

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard gestures during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Summer league is a chance for players to get noticed and maybe have a shot at making it in the NBA. Same goes for coaches. That’s why NBA assistants like Juwan Howard and Patrick Ewing embraced the chance to run rosters this summer. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

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Juwan Howard made an All-Star team and an All-NBA third team. He spent 17 seasons in the league. He has been a Heat assistant coach the last five years.

But he might best be known as a member of the Fab Five.

That connection will resonate even more strongly as Howard returns to Michigan.

Miami Heat Beat:

Jeff Goodman of Stadium:

Michigan needed a coach after losing John Beilein – who had no NBA-coaching experience – to the Cavaliers. So, the Wolverines are hiring Howard, who has no college-coaching experience.

Shifting levels will be an adjustment for Howard. So will becoming a head coach for the first time.

But Howard was has established himself as a steady contributor to the Heat’s respected coaching staff. He interviewed for the Lakers, Cavs and Timberwolves head-coaching positions. Howard brings far more credibility than just his Michigan-alumnus status to this job.