Official: Juwan Howard takes Michigan job

To no one’s surprise — if you were following Miami Heat Beat and Five Reasons sports — Juwan Howard is leaving the Miami Heat to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

(And we put out an emergency podcast with Greg Sylvander of Miami Heat Beat about it. Click THIS.)

 

It’s a bigger story there than here (you should see my phone with all the calls from Ann Arbor) but it is still a significant loss to the Heat staff. As noted in various articles on this site, Howard assumed the role of chief player-coach communicator following the departure of David Fizdale.

The Heat have a quality staff still, but no one with Howard’s playing pedigree and personal touch with top players. Howard was also working closely with the Heat’s bigs, including Bam Adebayo, who needs to take a major step for the Heat to get out of the NBA’s dead middle.

We will have more later — but for now, some of the top tweets.

And what’s next?

This is what we’ve heard.

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