Fans of Michigan Basketball can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

John Beilein has signed an extension that will take him through the year 2023, making nearly 4 million dollars per year. After falling one win short of a 2018 NCAA Championship, it looks like Coach B is still hungry for more.

This news comes in spite of interest from the NBA for his services. The Detroit Pistons were considering hiring the former Big Ten Coach of the Year for their head coaching vacancy since the bittersweet departure of Stan Van Gundy. After conducting several interviews, Beilein was one of three potential candidates that the Pistons wanted to talk further with, the others being San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka and 2018 Coach of the Year Finalist Dwane Casey.

Beilein has never instructed players at the professional level, but he is widely respected as one of the top coaches in the nation. He is a teacher who can nurture the talent of a young player and develop him into a polished athlete.

Some might argue he isn’t ready to make the jump to the NBA, but those people would be wrong.

His resume only supports the assertion that John Beilein could coach NBA basketball. Period. After 11 seasons with the Wolverines, Beilein has totaled 248 wins, making him the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history. He has led Michigan to 8 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Final Four.

In addition, he has molded several players that have consistently been serviceable to organizations league-wide. He is responsible for molding 8 NBA Draft picks, including Caris LeVert and Tim Hardaway Jr.

With this extension, Beilein will be on the hunt for more moments like these as he tries to lead the Wolverines back to the championship game next season:


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