Juwan Howard, returning to train his alma mater, is phenomenal for the University of Michigan basketball program, all school and college basketball in general. But for the NBA it is also disappointing. Howard is the youngest former African-American player who has given up waiting for a chance to become head coach in the league in which he once played the lead role.
Damon Stoudamire, 1996's NBA rookie of the year and current head coach at the University of Pacific, told The Undefeated. "But for whatever reason, we, the players, do not get recognition for a doctoral degree." in basketball. This does not mean that success should go hand in hand with our references. At the same time, the lawyers are credited immediately with whom they have learned.
"In this case, Stackhouse was coached by Dean Smith, Larry Brown, Rick Carlisle, and others. Juwan Howard was coached by Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra. For me it's the same as for the lawyers.
Howard is better known as a member of Michigan's famous "Fab 5", along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, but he was also an NBA All-Star with James LeBron , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh won two championships with the Miami Heat. Howard scored an average rebound of 1
The 19-year-old NBA veteran interviewed for NBA head coach jobs, including this offseason for the lot Angeles Lak He's playing James now. The Lakers instead hired the former head coach of Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic, Frank Vogel. The knock on Howard was that he was never head coach. Instead of waiting for the NBA, the six-year Heat Assistant went home to the Wolverines to eventually become head coach.
"I talked to Juwan Howard about seven days before his job in Michigan," Arkansas Little Rock head coach Darrell Walker told The Undefeated. Walker was a former NBA player and head coach as well as a WNBA head coach. "I called him and said," Hey, young guy, you'll probably be head coach in the NBA one day. When will it happen, I do not know? But when Michigan calls, listen better.
"And if they offer, take it better before turning your nose to it. In my opinion, the University of Michigan is an NBA [-caliber]. You never know how the NBA will behave or what will happen.
Howard joins a growing list of former NBA assistant trainers of African-American descent who are now college-level head coaches.
Stoudamire spent some time as an assistant coach at the Memphis Grizzlies before taking the head coaching job at Pacific. Patrick Ewing was a longtime NBA assistant before returning to his alma mater, Georgetown University, to become head coach. Stackhouse was co-head coach at the Toronto Raptors – where he also helped garner the G League 905 Raptors in 2017 and became the G League Coach of the Year in 2017 – and was assistant coach at the Grizzlies last season before becoming head coach This year at Vanderbilt. Others include former NBA assistant Lindsey Hunter (now Mississippi state coach), former assistant manager of the Philadelphia 76ers Aaron McKie (Temple) and former coach of the G League Grand Rapids Drive George Lynch (Clark Atlanta ). ]
"They want to become head coach because they know they are qualified," Walker said. "Patrick was qualified. Of course, Juwan Howard is qualified. Of course, Jerry Stackhouse is qualified. It did not happen, but these guys have taken some prominent college jobs. If you think about it, Vanderbilt, Georgetown and Michigan are damn good jobs. You can train and supervise good players. …
"Jerry Stackhouse was one of the hottest names there and then came the Vanderbilt job and he could not refuse. Sometimes, as an African-American trainer, you have to look carefully when a job is available in college and it's not the NBA. And that's exactly what the boys are doing.
Terry Porter, head coach of the University of Portland, former NBA head coach and two-time NBA All-Star, agrees.
"Guys get a good chance of becoming head coaches the college level," Porter told The Undefeated.
Ewing is certainly the most notable nudge among black former NBA assistants who eventually went to college.  The Hall of Famer paid his fees as an assistant in the league as a former assistant coach to the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets, but Ewing never got a job as an NBA head coach after several interviews, and so Ewing returned Returned to his college in Georgetown in 2017 to become head coach.
"Patrick was an NBA assistant trainer for about 15 years and never got a shot to become a head coach, said Walker, who played with the Knicks with Ewing. "That's what the staff at the reception desk have to answer, does he know the basketball game as well as the other guys who were hired? Absolutely, maybe more By the end of the day, that's what it is. I'm glad he got the Georgetown job. When this job became open, I was told that they could call him. I told him he should be ready to accept that because I thought he would love to coach in college. At that time, I trained in Division II Clark Atlanta and had a ball and I told him he would have a ball and be good at it.
The NBA currently has seven black head coaches, one Hispanic and one Asian American. There are currently only three black players working as former coaches in the NBA at Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers, Indiana Pacers Nate McMillan and in recent years at Phoenix Suns for Monty Williams. Golden State Warriors' assistant coach Jarron Collins and Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin are two black former NBA players who were interviewed for the vacant opening of the head coach of Memphis Grizzlies.) Beauty is inevitably in the eye of Viewers and will be among the teams to make the settings. The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) executive director Michele Roberts hopes the NBA teams will learn the value of hiring more former players as head coaches.
The success of their colleges has apparently not been seriously considered, "Roberts told The Undefeated. "Seeing boys training on their alma affairs warms my heart. Nevertheless, further progress is certainly needed to give former players the opportunity to train at the NBA level. They know the game as well as anyone else, and the desire to move to a coaching position is great with a large number of our experienced players.
Both the NBA as well as the NBPA offer programs for players who are interested in becoming a coach after their matchdays. The NBPA has also joined such historic black college conferences as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, hoping that their former players will gain experience as head coaches.
"To be honest, part of the launch of the program was to encourage coaching for players who wanted to train, but seemed to have been systematically ignored or overlooked by NBA teams and major college programs," said Roberts.
Coaching success in college could ultimately help Ewing Howard and Stackhouse are realizing their dream of becoming NBA head coach. Or it could be the loss of the NBA at the end, when these former stars finally decide that the elite college they wanted to have fits them better.