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Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

Posted on: June 6, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2010 11:01 pm
 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Tom Izzo but haven't made an offer to the Michigan State coach despite a report to the contrary, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Sunday night.

The Cavs are looking for Mike Brown's replacement.

Brown was fired last month after the Cavs lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

A college basketball source told CBSSports.com that Izzo has been and remains intrigued by the NBA, but that he wouldn't seriously consider an offer without an understanding of the roster he'd inherit, which isn't the case in Cleveland. Obviously, coaching the Cavs is a great job if LeBron James is involved. But it could be a terrible job if the two-time and reigning Most Valuable Player opts for New York, New Jersey, Chicago or anywhere else.

"And why would Tom leave [Michigan State] for a bad job?" the source asked. "Even if an offer does come, he can't seriously consider it until he knows where that franchise is going to be [going forward]. He'll listen. But you know Tom. It would be hard for him to leave Michigan State even if he knew he was getting a great NBA job. He might do it, but it would be hard. So even though I wouldn't rule out him leaving for the NBA, I just don't think there's any way he'd take a job like Cleveland unless he knew it was a nice situation, and I don't think anybody is going to know if Cleveland is going to be a nice situation until LeBron says so."

James is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

He has said many times he's committed to going through the process of free agency.
Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2010 8:04 am
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

Whining and crying?

Look up histrionics.

, , especially when to a ; .

It's all part of the show! Tom Izzo is the consummate thesbian!

You thought it was real???



Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2010 9:18 pm
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

Why would Izzo leave when he has a great thing going for him in michigan st? What happens if he goes to the nba and he gets fired? Then he misses out on the great thing he had at michigan st. The nba is a differnet world, there not loyal, they will fire you as soon as they get the chance. Besides that getting college players to play and nba players to play is also a different world. You have money to worry about, not recruiting. He has a solid foundation going for him, why leave that?




Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2010 8:21 pm
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

I'm not an NBA fan either... but this post had to be from Wisconsin... yup, I knew it!!!  Stop being hypocritical, Badger fan!    

Bo knows crying and whining just the same, and you know that!  I've definitely seen some of the best face "concorting" (did you mean contorting?) from Bo over the years as well.  Bo, Izzo, Bobby Knight, Gene Keady, Jud Heathcote... heck, didn't Dick Bennett get worked up a bit in the day too?  Some of the best antics the game has seen!  Only difference with Bo and Izzo is that the Spartans have been to 6 Final Fours in the last 12 years under Izzo's 15 year coaching reign at MSU.  Izzo has a national & well respected rep (not saying Bo doesn't as well) and the NBA comes a callin' every year.  I know, pull out the D-2 stats of Bo, or the smack talk phrases so popular in your home state.  Being a bit of a "realist" myself, I agree that Izzo would burn himself out pretty quickly at the NBA level if he carried his passion to the next level.  He would have to tone it all down a bit to relate/connect to the NBA player mega-millionaires with selective listening, for sure.   

Actually, look at any top coaches in the college game, and the opposing fans will claim they cry and whine too much.  Why?  Because they are all ultra-competitive guys, that's why they have their teams winning so much.  That goes for Izzo, Bo, Coach K, Calhoun, Calipari, Bill Self, the list goes on... aside from "Mr. Mellow" from Butler in this year's Final Four, all the recent successful teams have what could be perceived as over-emotional coaches.  

I wonder if Bo would ever consider a NBA gig?  Or better yet, would the NBA ever consider him...?  That may be the real question. 

Good luck next year in Badger-land! 



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2010 6:21 pm
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

The Cavaliers are not going to settle for anyone less than a championship caliber head coach.  Anybody who is that good isn't going to sign with Cleveland unless he knows that LeBron is signed first, and LeBron isn't going to be eager to stay with Cleveland unless he knows who the new coach will be, as well as his other new team mates.  So, it all comes down to what LeBron wants, which means that, for all practical purposes, LeBron will have veto power over who the new coach is.

Personally, I don't see Tom Izzo going to the Cavaliers, no matter how much money Dan Gilbert offers him.  There's too much uncertainty with that team, compared with what he has with the Spartans.  Phil Jackson isn't going there, either, so take that dream and flush it down the toilet.  Until LeBron makes his decision, the Cleveland coaching job will remain open.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

This guy is great. Six final fours in 12 years in a spot that would not be the easiest place to recruit people to. They don't have the weather advantages of the ACC/SEC/Big 12 South or quite the tradition of Kansas. It not even the most high profile school in the state of Michigan. We'll know how good Izzo really is when he is no longer at Michigan State.

I don't see Izzo going to Cleveland. Don't think he's an NBA guy. I hope he stay at State. The Big Ten has some excellent coaches and teams in the league, Purdue, who could have been a final four team before Hummel got hurt, Ohio State, Ryan at Wisconsin, Weber at Illinois, and I think Crean will get Illinois back.

The Cavs should hire an NBA guy, similar to what Chicago is doing with the Celts assistant.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:03 pm
 

It's Cal not Izzo

Lebron and World Wide Wes want Calipari for the Cavs job. Now that the Bulls have a coach this is the fastest way for Calipari to leave for the NBA before the NCAA slaps Kentucky with violations from Bledsoe's recruiting.

I can't see Izzo leaving MSU, he is too loyal. Calipari would jump in a second.



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2010 1:12 pm
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

there is absolutely no chance that will ever happen.



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:59 am
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

Six Final Fours in 12 years suggest you have no clue as too what you're talking about




Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:25 am
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

dude ur a fruadf, why do you have a usc trojans avatar if your a badger fan, get your fake @.ss outta here.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:08 am
 

Sources: Izzo on Cavs' radar, but no offer made

If Lebron stays would be much easier on Izzo, all the crying and begging for call would be done for him by Lebron



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