jbrandimore

April 29th, 2018 at 12:19 PM ^

Has the NBA really deteriorated to the point that one doesn’t have to spend much time working their way up before getting a HC position?

Especially on one of the highest profile franchises in the game?

Rasmus

April 29th, 2018 at 3:21 PM ^

Plus he was basically a player-coach late in his career, especially for the Heat "big three" teams, where he was known for making halftime speeches -- he was 40 years old on the 2012-13 team. He started 900 games in his career. Five years as an assistant sounds about right, and the Knicks could be a good fit.

I don't know if anyone can overcome the idiocy that is JLD, but there have been some changes that might work in Howard's favor. For one, Dolan's family no longer owns Cablevision/Optimum, the source of their fortune and a major distraction for him as CEO. Now he's just a rich dumbass who inherited an NBA franchise. Probably manageable? Maybe?

OwenGoBlue

April 29th, 2018 at 12:29 PM ^

Juwan has been an assistant coach to one of the better NBA coaches for five years, with both working for one of the better coaches in NBA history. A 20 year NBA career gives you a ton of applicable experience on its own.

Makes sense to me that he's starting to get interviews. The Scott Perry Michigan connection may be helping to move things along, too. 

chatster

April 29th, 2018 at 4:04 PM ^

They’ve had only four winnings seasons from the 2000-01 season to date, and one of those was in the strike-shortened 2011-12 season.  By contrast, their neighbors across the river, now in Brooklyn, the Nets, have had seven winning seasons during that same period.

In the city that once was known as "The Mecca of Basketball", the team that plays in what still gets called "The World's Most Famous Arena" has been mostly terrible during this century.

Nevertheless, according to a Forbes Magazine survey published in 2017, the Knicks then were considered the most valuable franchise in the NBA, worth approximately $3.3 billion. LINK  So, just like famous golf course groundskeeper Carl Spackler who was promised "total consciousness" on his deathbed, they've got THAT going for them.

goblue16

April 29th, 2018 at 1:51 PM ^

Win an NBA title in 5 years than come to Michigan in 10 years after Beilein retires after winning his 5 national title and beats izzo 30 in a row (2 each regular season and 1 in the big ten tourney)

Year of Revenge II

April 30th, 2018 at 7:29 AM ^

Juwan seems like a fantastic guy.  All the publicly available stuff about him is postive.

My brother traveled with the team during the Fab 5 years, and can confirm the public perceptiton.

Hope he gets the job.

Michigantrumpet82

April 30th, 2018 at 6:44 PM ^

Such an inspirational story.  Growing up poor in Chicago, Juwan was raised by his grandmother.  She had a HUGE influence on him.  He promised her that no matter what -- he would get his college degree. The day he announced he was coming to Michigan, she dropped dead of a heart attack.

Bereft, he headed to Ann Arbor where he had a brilliant career while earning the respect and friendship of players, coaches and classmates. He was NOT implicated in the scandal which lead to the loss of the banners from the Fab Five seasons. Exciting to watch on the court, full of athleticism and natural grace. 

He left Michigan early for the NBA draft; picked up by the Washington Bullets. He fulfilled his pledge to his grandmother, being the first NBA athlete to graduate on time during his rookie season. In addition to an extended and storied professional career, Juwan is equally well known for his philanthropic work. 

What's not to love?