Juwan Howard on NBA rumors: “Man, I’m in Ann Arbor to stay baby”

The Big Ten Coach of the Year was hired by Jalen & Jacoby on ESPN to discuss a number of topics, including his recent confrontation with Maryland’s head coach Mark Turgeon, the loss of Isaiah Livers, which means it is a No. 1 to Michigan to be. 1 seed in the tournament and the rumors of his NBA coaching ambitions.

The pressures that come with being a # 1 seed

“Well, you have to greet the challenge night after night. Every team – all 64 – is under pressure to perform at this time of the year. But we have to do it one game at a time and we look forward to this opponent – whoever we play. We worked hard in practice every day to prepare for this opponent on Saturday. “

About the loss of Isaiah’s livers

“Isaiah Livers … you can’t just fill your shoes with one person. We have to do it as a collective entity. Every man has to step up his game on both the offensive and defensive. What we are missing is a guy who is amazing talent , a big chunk of our offensive in terms of what he offers with his leadership, his toughness, his shooting ability, his length and also his ricochet on the ground. “

About the evolution of Hunter Dickinson

“It was great. It was a pleasure to train him. He’s the guy who loves basketball, he’s a big sponge who wants to get better every day. My best day I get into the practice is Hunter who turns to me and says, “Coach can we see a movie?” You know, that’s the joy of coaching and that’s my “why” for why I’m doing it, and then some of the work we do Do days before training – it’s nice to just watch his development and see how he grows the game after the game. The sky is the limit for him. “

In his argument with Maryland’s head coach Mark Turgeon

“He turned and looked at me and basically said, ‘You’re not talking to me.’ And as he stormed my direction it was like all bets were on. I felt like a man was walking into my room and it was time to defend me. Yeah, I don’t have the right one in front of my team Guidance shown. But at the same time, I’m not going to sit here and just let anyone walk up to me and not expect me to say anything. I’ll be ready for whatever it takes. “

What it feels like to coach Michigan into a # 1 seed

“My passion for Michigan is deeply rooted. I’m really corn and blue, just like Jalen. That experience as a player, playing together during this run – those three years – was one of the best years of my life. I had the chance to grow with Jalen and others. And being in that position now – if someone had said I was the trainer at the University of Michigan, I would say they are lying, they are crazy, I don’t train. But then having the opportunity to practice my Alma affair and do the run we did by feeling uncomfortable, hugging anything that got in our way and making no excuses for playing every single game of Start to finish. I honor our players … ”

About his coaching future in Ann Arbor and NBA rumors

“Man, I’m in Ann Arbor to stay, baby. I love Michigan. I love my job, I’m enjoying this experience. I also look forward to growing each year and developing these young men into The Best Version of themselves even as a student athlete. This is a dream job for me and I think my passion over the last year has shown how much I appreciate being in this position. The NBA – it’s a beautiful game, they have great coaches there , Incredibly talented player, beautiful brand. I’ve enjoyed that experience for 25 years – 19 as a player and 6 as a coach. But that will keep me growing with Michigan. Go Blue. “

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