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Tom Izzo says he’s never met Pistons owner Tom Gores, blames media

Mar 26, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

Tom Izzo

The Pistons owner Tom Gores is reportedly interested in hiring Tom Izzo. Izzo, for his part, didn’t deny his interest.

And that’s the extent of it – at least in reality.

In Izzo’s world…

Izzo on 1130 The Fan:

I’m upset with the media, because somebody’s sitting in the basement making up stuff. And it’s embarrassing to me. It’s embarrassing to me for the Detroit Pistons. When it comes on a across a headline “Tom Izzo says he has no interest” or whatever, that wasn’t even the case. The problem is nobody’s even talked to me. I get all these things. “I know you’ve talked to this person.” “I know you’ve talked to that person.” Because that makes it look embarrassing, like the Pistons have called me, and said something, and I’ve said I had no interest. First of all, nobody has contacted me in any way, shape or form. I don’t have an agent, so they can’t go through my agent. It’s just so ridiculous. Somebody can just make it up. And that’s the Twitter generation. You wonder why I don’t like it.

First of all, to media out there that started that thing, shame on you.

I’ve never met or talked to Tom Gores. I have a great respect has done. I pull for the Pistons every day. I feel for what Joe Dumars is going through. Never once met or talked to him. So, all the all the people who tell me how many times I’ve talked to him or done this, to be very blunt about it, Matt, it gets sickening.

First of all, it’s mother’s basement. If you’re going to say someone is writing from their basement, just go all the way and say mother’s basement.

Second of all, as far as I saw, no credible outlet (using the loosest standard possible) reported the Pistons have contacted Izzo.

Sam Amick of USA Today reported yesterday Gores is expected to pursue Izzo, which set off the latest round of Izzo-to-Pistons analysis. That echoes a report by Stephen A. Smith of ESPN last month, when he said Gores was interested in Izzo.

But neither said the Pistons have contacted Izzo.

The Pistons are surely plotting how they’ll handle their coaching position this offseason. With no permanent head coach in place – John Loyer is serving as interim coach following Maurice Cheeks’ firing – they must take take some type of action. They probably have multiple potential hires in mind, maybe even a favorite. Maybe that favorite is Izzo.

And if it is, that doesn’t mean they’ve contacted him.

The Pistons are the only team to fire their coaching during this season. They have the biggest head start on this process. At the latest, Michigan State’s season will end April 7. There’s no reason the Pistons, even if he’s by far their top choice, can’t wait until then to contact him.

Aside from Izzo tearing down a straw man, the interview yielded some useful information, namely that Izzo hasn’t met Gores.

It will take a special situation for Izzo to leave Michigan State, where he reiterated – truthfully, I’m sure – he’s happy. Maybe the hometown Pistons, whom he says he pulls for, can provide that. But if Izzo hasn’t met the owner, that might reduce the draw for Izzo.

Then again, he can get to know Gores in April, when this will actually pick up steam if it’s going anywhere.

Update: Izzo spoke with Dan Patrick about this issue, saying “I have no interest in coaching the Detroit Pistons right now.” Those last two words make all the difference.

  1. hryanana - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Sounds like you’re defending Media here…and insinuating that they don’t sometimes make up or embellish ridiculous rumours….strange.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Wrong, he was defending the media on THIS instance, whether the Pistons had contacted Izzo yet or not.

      You wrote about ALL time. The author did NOT say or insinuate that the media NEVER makes up something or embellishes things.

      The author took a narrow focus on whether the Pistons had contacted Izzo.

      You took the broadest approach possible. I’m sure this author would admit that the “media” DOES indeed sometimes make up things or embellishes things from time to time.

      Your comment and his story are apples and oranges…

  2. timb12 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I wish we could use that caveat in relationships. “Of course I love you, right now”

  3. philliesblow - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Biggest news to me in this post is that WDFN is still on the air.

    The coach speculation is silly. If Dumars gets canned as he should, the new GM/VP should get to pick his coach.

  4. kicksave1980 - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Coaches come and go, but Izzo leaving MSU is something that I can’t ever imagine happening.

  5. metrocritical - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Tom Gores and his advisors know absolutely nothing about professional basketball. I’m not sure what would be dumber, Pistons offering the job to Izzo or Izzo accepting said job.

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