Having left Michigan to take over as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein could have completely divorced himself from the school and few would bat an eye. But in the wake of the Wolverines announcing his successor, Beilein gave his reaction to the hiring of Juwan Howard.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Beilein praised Michigan president Warde Manuel for picking Howard as the team's next head coach. He had even higher praise for Howard himself, complimenting his love for Michigan, basketball, and coaching.
Beilein called Howard "a great fit" to lead Michigan, and noted that he will be rooting for Howard's success with the Wolverines.
W Manuel had great options in front of him! The selection of Juwan was a fabulous one. He loves UM, knows hoops & has a thirst to coach. He is a great fit to lead UM into the next decade of @umichbball. I will be rooting for Juwan & team every game!
Earlier this month, Beilein shocked the basketball world by abruptly leaving Michigan to take the job in Cleveland. The move left the Wolverines scrambling to find a replacement, but plucked Howard from the Miami Heat within a few weeks.
As head coach of the Wolverines, Beilein led the team to two Big Ten regular season titles, two Big Ten Tournament titles, and two NCAA Tournament runner-up placings.
Beilein's 278 wins are the most in school history.
Taking over for Beilein is a former member of Michigan's legendary Fab Five.
Howard played for the Wolverines from 1991 to 1993, then had a 20-year NBA career.
He has served on Eric Spoelstra's staff with the Heat since 2013.