The Michigan basketball program is in search of a new head coach after John Beilein made the decision to leave Ann Arbor for a shot in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the top candidates for the job is Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard, who starred at Michigan during his college career.
With Howard’s name emerging as a top candidate, he is receiving endorsements from NBA stars and former members of the Miami Heat like LeBron James.
“Man WHAT!!!!?? Absolutely the right choice and i hope it becomes a done deal ASAP!! One of my favorite people I’ve ever met at the age of 16 and been around since then,” LeBron wrote on Twitter.
Former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade added, “Talk to me nice. Say it is so!!!? My guy deserves this opportunity. This will only be right.”
Howard has been an assistant for the Miami Heat since 2013 and was a member of the famed Fab Five.
The 66-year-old Beilein had been the head coach of the Wolverines since 2007, leading Michigan to NCAA tournament Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2018, a 2007 NIT Championship, and two Big Ten championships. In Cleveland, Beilein will be replacing former coach Tyronn Lue and interim coach Larry Drew.
Beilein holds head coaching record of 754-425 after stops at Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan.