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Opinion: Hiring Juwan Howard as Michigan basketball coach is a major risk

Break out the black shoes, black socks, and disheveled shorts. Juwan Howard, a member of the fabulous 5, is returning home.

Howard has in agreement, in theory, to require over because of the Michigan handler, replacement John Beilein, the winningest coach in program history.

In essence, Michigan is replacement an excellent coach WHO was ne’er AN assistant with somebody WHO has ne’er been a head coach, that brings up all types of considerations and question marks.

Howard is very revered within the NBA once nineteen years as a player and 6 as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat. and lots of renowned folks are vouching for him and singing his praises.

“Absolutely the correct alternative,” LeBron James wrote on Twitter. “One of my favorite folks I’ve ever met at the age of sixteen and been around since then.”

But Howard has ne’er been a head coach – I’m sorry, however coaching job the Heat’s Summer League team doesn’t count. And he has no faculty coaching job expertise. therefore the 1st question is: can he achieve success as a head coach? And here is that the harsh truth: candidly, we tend to don’t recognize.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is taking an enormous risk by hiring an instructor with no head coaching job expertise. the very fact that Howard could be a former Michigan star and vie within the NBA for an extended time, or was a part of an extremely regarded franchise and comes with the advice of numerous renowned names, doesn’t guarantee something.

We don’t recognize whether or not Howard can push the correct buttons or draw up the correct plays or manage the clock or create the correct changes in an exceedingly game. and that we don’t recognize whether or not he is a good recruiter.

You would suppose Howard’s role as a member of the fabulous 5 would facilitate recruiting, however, I doubt it. perhaps which will impress folks of recruits. Or grandparents. however, I doubt it’s planning to be the only think about landing a recruit.

Juwan Howard has been an NBA assistant but never coached at the college level. (Photo: The Associated Press)

What makes him most appealing to recruits is his ability to mention, “I recognize the NBA. I vie within the league for nineteen years. I coached within the league for 6 years. I’ve got LeBron James on speed dial. and that I will assist you to get into the league.”

But his lack of head coaching job expertise in faculty could be an obvious concern, and Howard has to surround himself with veteran assistants WHO recognize the school game, similarly because of the of ins and outs of the NCAA collection.

The trend continues

Hiring former NBA players to teach in faculty has become a trend.

Patrick Ewing took over at Georgetown, going 15-15 in his initial season and 19-14 this past season. HunStackhouse recently landed at Commodore Vanderbilt, and Penny Hardaway came back to Memphis, his school, within the spring of 2018. once guiding Memphis into the second spherical of the 2019 NIT, he simply brought within the nation’s high recruiting category.

But conveyance back a former star doesn’t guarantee something.

Chris Mullin stepped down as St. Johns coach in Apr once four years and an unmemorable 59-73 record.
And currently we’ve got Howard, UN agency inherits a team in transition.

Beilein created an amazing culture at Michigan. however, the Wolverines have lost their leading scorers — Iggy Brazdeikis, Charles Matthews and Jordan Poole. And Jalen Wilson, the 50th-ranked player within the incoming category, has opened his enlisting.

But here are some things that look bound.

The members of the pleasing 5 are reaching to love this. Chris Webber goes to like this, and then can Jalen Rose. each of Howard’s faculty teammates championed his cause.

At some purpose, we tend to ar reaching to see a pleasing 5 reunion night. That’s concerning all that looks bound.