Izzo To The Cavaliers?

There is not a lot of noise coming for Target Center, but so let’s take a spin around the league.

Izzo Next Coach For Cavaliers?

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo either has met or is meeting with the Cavs front office today.  There are reports all over the internet about Izzo in discussions with Cavs Owner, Dan Gilbert, and recently there are reports that Izzo is leaning toward signing.

From ESPN’s Andy Katz;

Izzo is apparently closer to saying yes to the Cavaliers than previously thought, a source told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz on Thursday.

The reported offer from Cleveland is around $6M a year for Izzo who is currently making $4M a year from MSU.

Well that is the information, here is my reaction.

Why?  Why would Izzo leave?  He considers this because if LeBron James comes back, the Cavs are a championship caliber team.  However, that “if” is pretty substantial and very questionable.

When I hear rumors of successful college coaches rumored to be heading o the NBA, it blows my mind.  Money aside, I don’t get why a coach, who is complete control as to the style of play and the players he brings, would give that up to coach in the NBA where the average tenure is three years.

About a year ago a wrote a post breaking down the differences between college and pro basketball in trying to decide “which is better”.  Here was what I wrote about coaches and I think it is applicable to this conversation.  This was very “tongue in cheek”.

NBA -The coaches on certain teams are more high school counselor than NBA coach.  Teams are made up of grown men who are trying to make a living and have ego’s as big – or bigger than most of their second homes.

If the association, unless you are a top-tier coach, you are more expendable than the worst players on their teams.  Coaches rarely get credit for wins, but always get the blame for loses.

Breaking into the ranks of head coach is more difficult in the NBA than any other sport, but once you are in the coaching carousal, even if you are fired – you get to stay on the ride.

College - Coaches are the face of the program. And everyone is very aware of that.  Some would say that coaches in college have bigger ego’s, and need to be the center of attention, than their counterparts in the league.

A college coaches duties are pretty year round and always changing with the different roster that appears each season.  You have recruiting and players leaving early which means the ability to adjust on the fly is very important.

Personally, I would never want to be a NBA coach.  Mostly because of hand holding that needs to get done with professionals.  But the money is bigger.  And a raise of $2M might be enticing enough.

If he goes to Cleveland and wins a championship, he would be  well respected coach.  I am assuming a lot here.

But if he stays at Michigan State – he will have a job for life, make very good money and continue be a legend and one of the best in the business.

Other NBA Coaching News

  • New Jersey  = Avery Johnson
  • Chicago = Tom Thibodeau
  • New Orleans = Monty Williams
  • Atlanta = Probably Dwane Casey or Larry Drew
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