If he had actually revealed an interest, ESPN said the Lakers never ever made an official offer to Howard but that he would have become a major candidate for the job.
Howard spoke with for the Lakers head-coaching position when he was a Miami Heat assistant coach in 2019 prior to he accepted the top task at Michigan.
Howard guided the Wolverines to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season. He is 61-32 in 3 seasons at Michigan, consisting of 19-15 this past season. The group also made the NCAA Tournament the previous season, reaching the Elite Eight and ending up 23-5.
ESPN reported that finalists for the Lakers coaching job consist of Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, and former Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts. The outlet stated the Lakers likely will carry out in-person interviews in the near future.
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Mar 23, 2022; San Antonio, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard during team practice before the NCAA Tournament South Regional at AT&T Center. Necessary Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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May 23 – Michigan Wolverines coach Juwan Howard recently decreased an overture by the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA teams head-coaching position, ESPN reported Sunday.
Howard will stay at his alma mater, where he will coach his two boys– Jace and Jett– next season, ESPN reported, mentioning sources. Jace will be a junior and Jett a freshman at Michigan.
The Lakers have been browsing for a head coach since Frank Vogel was fired in April after the team ended up 33-49 and missed out on the playoffs.