Miami Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra both know a thing or two about what it takes to become a champion.
Following Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard’s decision to become the head coach for the University of Michigan, Riley and Spoelstra made statements about Howard, who has been a part of the Heat organization as a player and a coach since 2010.
Statements from Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra on Juwan Howard. pic.twitter.com/zRgdyLSpYU— Dylan Burkhardt (@umhoops) May 22, 2019
“He is going back to a school and a conference in which he is revered,” Riley said. “I think it’s a great step forward for him and the University, and I wish him nothing but the best, because that’s what he’s given us.”
Howard coached for the Heat for six seasons, and became the go-to coach to develop the bigs on the team.
“Juwan is an absolute star as a person, player and coach,” Spoelstra said. “I feel he is more than ready. He is a terrific leader and mentor, which translates very well to the collegiate level.”
Howard has earned his stripes as an assistant, and is now back at his alma mater with a lot to prove, and it never hurts when two men with multiple NBA Championship rings are in your corner.