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Five takeaways from Juwan Howard’s introduction

Juwan Howard was introduced as Michigan’s new basketball coach today in Ann Arbor. The new head man was overcome by emotion when he took the podium before speaking with the media for just under 30 minutes.

Here are five takeaways from Howard’s first public appearance in charge of Michigan basketball.

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1. No X’s and O’s, but introductory X’s and O’s are of limited value

We still don’t know what a Juwan Howard led Michigan basketball team is going to look like. Howard didn’t dive into any specifics about his scheme on Thursday afternoon.

“It still remains to be seen fellas, right?” Howard responded when asked to describe his coaching philosophy. “I can tell you this. One thing about me is that I’m humble, and I don’t have all the answers. We’re going to try to figure out solutions together. My staff and the players will be active participants in finding solutions. We will create this identity together, and we will have fun doing it too.”

The truth is, we wouldn’t have any idea what a Juwan Howard led team would look like even if he had rattled off the usual coaching philosophies and platitudes.

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