Even After Loss, former Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard Gains Respect of Michigan Fan Base
The University of Michigan and coach Juwan Howard dropped one game before reaching the NCAA Final Four.
The Wolverines, who were number 1, lost to UCLA No. 11 in the regional finals in Indianapolis on Tuesday night. Howard, a former Heat player and assistant, trained in his first NCAA tournament.
“It’s very disappointing for our boys who are working extremely hard this year and are limited to one possession,” said Howard. “And that’s how it goes sometimes. In basketball there are one or two possessions that can really help or hurt you, and we missed out on us.”
Where Howard did not miss out, he won the Wolverines fan base. Several fans applauded Howard for helping the program return to national prominence. Michigan has made it further than any other Big Ten team in the tournament.
Howard spent the later stages of his NBA career in the Heat, winning two championships during the Big Three era. After retiring in 2013, he switched to heat coaching. He couldn’t miss the opportunity to return to head his alma mater, where he was part of the famous Fab Five in the early 1990s.
After losing on Tuesday, he vowed the Wolverines would stay competitive.
“But I’m so proud of this group and the way they have started all season in very difficult times,” said Howard. “It’s been a very challenging year, but at the end of the day we all have to get out of this group.” Build up with your head with nothing but humility, gratitude and dignity. “
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