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Report: Cavaliers make offer to Tom Izzo

Jun 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

The Cavaliers are making a hard push for Tom Izzo as their next coach. That much is clear. The question is how hard.

The Northern Ohio News-Herald is reporting that an offer has been made to Izzo to become the next head coach of the Cavs as they seek to keep LeBron James, a curious choice. Adrian Wojnarowski is citing sources that refute a contract has been offered.

Izzo isn’t part of the CAA Wesley tree, but majority owner of the Cavaliers Dan Gilbert is an MSU grad. And it’s not as if Izzo doesn’t have a highly impressive resume, having been to what I believe is 7,000 Final Fours in a row. But it’s still to be seen if he can have the same success at the pro level.

It’s also interesting because of all the options to go with in an attempt to lure LeBron back to Cleveland, the Cavs have opted to go for a college coach. Relevant, since, you know, LeBron with his vital link to college history. Izzo also made his mark in college basketball by taking guys without elite level talent to the top. The NBA doesn’t really work like that.

There are also talks that GM Danny Ferry chose to resign over just such a decision, with Ferry resisting the hiring of Izzo. Either way, if Woj is right and Izzo elects not to take the offer, that’s going to seriously hurt the Cavs’ legitimacy and make them seem like even more of a sinking ship trying to get LeBron to pull them to harbor. There are a lot of huge decisions being made, and it’s hard to say that they’ve been done with the best effort to retain LeBron James.

  1. tidho - Jun 7, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    It seems with every Cavalier article I see a sinking ship reference. Little East Coast ‘journalistic’ collusion maybe.
    How in any way would Izzo turning them down indicate a sinking ship? Coach K politely declines offers all the time, sometimes top colege coaches just aren’t interested in NBA opportunities.
    Attention media: LeBron is going to do whatever LeBron wants to do. You painting the Cavaliers in a negative light is not going to be a factor.

  2. Ben B - Jun 7, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Tom Izzo is a great college coach but his blood pressure could not stand the NBA. He will be in the hospital within 6 months.He won’t be able to handle the spoiled brats.

  3. Tommy Paul - Jun 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    The Cavs organization is quite capable of making well informed decisions. Dan Gilbert is just getting started. If his intentions are to re-sign Lebron, he will be successful. The NBA is a business and it’s well documented that the NBA lost over $400 million last year. I think Dan really wants an NBA championship but the question becomes… how much will it cost? Danny Ferry and Coach Brown overstayed their welcome and while they did good things for the Cavs, they should have been replaced two years ago. I think Dan is making painful but great decisions and I have no doubt that if Lebron stays with Cleveland, he will win championships. GO FOR IT DAN! YOU’RE A WINNER1!

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