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Izzo did right thing

Posted on: June 15, 2010 11:46 pm

Tom Izzo is staying at Michigan State and that's a good thing. Good for the Spartans and good for Izzo.

Really good for Izzo because had he gone to Cleveland he'd have ended up fired within three to four years.

That's what happens to college coaches. There's a reason so few of them survive in the NBA. The players don't respect them. They don't listen to them. The players barely respect lifer professional NBA coaches.

The situation in Cleveland was also a trap for Izzo. If LeBron James did return -- which remains more likely than not -- anything short of a title for Izzo would have meant failure. That's what happened to former coach Mike Brown. He took the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, was coach of the year and won almost 300 games in Cleveland. Still, he was fired.

Was Izzo going to do better than that? No.

Izzo would've made more money in Cleveland but he'd have been looking for work again just a few years later.

So Izzo did the right thing. This is one of those rare situations where everyone wins.

The move will look especially brilliant when Michigan State wins the title next year.
Category: NBA
Tags: Cavaliers

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2010 7:23 pm

Izzo did right thing

Izzo does not want to be in a BAD LUCK TOWN (Cleveland)  and there was no guarantee that Lebron is resigning with the Cavs.

Since: Jun 17, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 2:04 am

Izzo did right thing

MSU made a terrible performance last year? Really? Repeating as Big Ten Champions, shared or not, and making it to a second consecutive final four? You call that a terrible performance? There is no other team in the country that can say they've won 2 conference championships and 2 final fours in the last 2 years. And this is, this past season, without arguably our best player for a large part of the conference season and NCAA tournament. Can your team say that?

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:12 pm

Izzo did right thing

Where do we get off saying someone else did the right thing or not? In this country we have so much of so called freedom of speech we think we can say anything and everything whenever we want to and it is Gospel! In reality we as peolple often times dont even know when if we have a right choice or not much less someone else. All matters of other peolples lives are not for us to comment on or decide whether it is right or wrong for them. If we were more deligent on concentrating on our own lives and our own choices we would probaly be a lot better off!!! In the end it only matters to him and his family and that how it should be!!

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:08 am

Izzo did right thing

I applaud Tom Izzo for staying at Michigan State.

Too much uncertainty in the Cleveland gig; Another Final 4 calibre team at Michigan St.

But to me it comes down to this.  NBA coaching is not the pinnacle of basketball coaching achievent.  Neither is achieving a lasting college program with 700+ wins, championships and multiple Final-4 apperances.

As I see it, they are both equal but different pinnacles.  Mount Everest 1 & 2.

The difference comes down to 1 word ... Recruiting.

Great college coaches must and do excel at recruiting players... legally.

Great NBA coaches excel at managing elite, ridiculously wealth talented men with egos to match

College is a program.  NBA is a business.

Red Auerbach & Phil Jackson are arguably #1 and #2 in the history of NBA coaching.

John Wooden (R.I.P.) and Dean Smith hold similar status in the College ranks.

I'd take any of those four to lead any team of mine but I would never switch them between college greatness and NBA greatness.  It's a mismatch.

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2010 8:20 am

Izzo did right thing


Wait. Slow down. Not everyone is a money grubbing sleaze. Some people do a job because they love the job. Maybe Tom Izzo loves being a basketball coach. I've heard he loves E. Lansing. I've heard he gives away a ton of his own money to MSU and the local community. I've heard he loves to coach kids, to shape the young players, to have an impact on the future of individuals.

2. I have an attempt to win an NBA champion!!!

Wait. Slow down. Not everyone has an ego as big as Texas. Not everyone is in it for personal glory. Not everyone feels they have something to prove to the worl. Some people do a job because they love the job. See above.

3. It would be a good experience

Ok. This is a point worthy of debate. A good experience? Perhaps. Perhaps not. I've heard NBA is a players' league and the players barely tolerate having a coach at all. True? False? I do not know. If it is true, then "good" becomes a bad description. I've heard NBA has more than twice as many games, a lot more time on the road, less time with the family. Some people thrive travelling. Some people are in a hurry to get away from birthdays and reunions and cuddling with the wife at night. For those, this would be good. For others, this would not be good. I have an impression, a perception of Tom Izzo, that leads me to think this would not be as good an experience as one might think.

4. If I fail at the pros, I will be offered a lot of job back at college (look at Rick Pitino and John Calipari)

Wait. Slow down. Probably true, but there are no guarantees. There is a perception that Tom Izzo and Michigan State are the perfect match. Perhaps another college job would be there (very likely) for him, but it would not be the same as coming down from Iron Mountain to East Lansing. It would not be the same as having been rooted in the same spot for over 20 years.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:57 am

Izzo did right thing

You don't know Izzo it was never about the money! He made his decision based on the level of respect that NBA Players DO NOT HAVE FOR COACHES!! Your comments about last years FINAL FOUR run are ignorant! Find a coach that does more with less every year!!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:43 am

Izzo did right thing

What???? Michigan State had a terrible performance because they ALMOST lost in the first round?!? ALMOST? Bottom line is that they didn't and they made it to the Final Four again. The final scoreboard is what matters and not what ALMOST happens. Virtually every college coach would like to have the resume of Coach Izzo (considering the frequency he makes Final 4's). And you said you would have taken the job with or without Lebron because he would have an opportunity to win an NBA Title? Losing the best basketball player in the world only decreases your chances of winning a title. And in terms of the money he would have made,Izzo is going to make 3 million per year at State so I doubt that he will be clipping coupons any time soon.

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2010 4:08 am

Izzo did not do the right thing

If I was Izzo, I would take the Cavaliers job with or without Lebron James. Here are my reasons:

2. I have an attempt to win an NBA champion!!!
3. It would be a good experience
4. If I fail at the pros, I will be offered a lot of job back at college (look at Rick Pitino and John Calipari)

Here is the thing, he isn't Calipari nor Pitino, he is better (he won a title back in 2000 and made several appearances in the tournament after)

Michigan State isn't unanimously the team to be expected to win it all. March Madness is unpredicatble, and MSU made a terrible performance last year (almost knocked out on the first round). All you have to do is tell the people of MSU that you want a chance to coach a pro team (WHICH IS A LOT PEOPLE'S DREAM JOB). How is that betraying MSU?

Bottom Line: If MSU wins the 2010-2011 title, then he indeed made the right move. But that's the beauty of march madness, being the best doesn't prove much. But if he doesn't, he will have that "What if...?" question on him. Coaching for the pros would be a good experience. And besides, more $$$$$ AND, after being released, many college powerhouse team would want you.

What to lose?

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