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Catching Up With: Phil Hubbard

1/17/2012

Editor's note: Catching Up With is a periodic series in which WolverineNation will interview past Michigan players about their playing days and what they're up to now. This installment features former Michigan basketball forward Phil Hubbard.

Hubbard was a member of the Michigan basketball team from 1976-1979 and by the end of his career with the Wolverines (16.5 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.3 APG) he had done enough to have his number retired. He was the 15th overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft and went to Detroit. He played in the NBA for 10 seasons with Detroit and Cleveland.

From 2003-09 Hubbard worked as an assistant for the Washington Wizards after assistant coaching stints with the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Hawks. Currently, he lives in Virginia.

Q: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU VISITED ANN ARBOR?

I was here last year. I came to a practice before I went out of the country. I don’t usually get back because usually I'm working at this time. But this is one of the great opportunities.

Q: WHICH PART OF THE RENOVATIONS HAVE YOU BEEN MOST IMPRESSED WITH?

I think the courts, as a player, when you have access to get to the gym at all hours. Say you have a bad game and you want to go shoot, trying to get into Crisler was probably a little harder. Now you have that place where you can just use your Michigan card and get right in the building.