It has been reported that Tom Izzo, the long-time coach of the Michigan State Spartans, is interested in the head coaching job for the Cleveland Cavaliers. This, in my opinion, would be a terrible move for the highly successful collegiate coach.
- Tom Izzo is on pace to be one of the most legendary coaches with a specific program in college basketball history. If Izzo hangs around in Michigan State for a little bit longer, there is no doubt that their court will be named after him. Not only that, but based on his team’s somewhat surprising run to the Final Four this past season, he is probably in a great position to contend for a National Championship sooner rather than later. Basically what I’m trying to say is that Tom Izzo has a wonderful thing going for him in Michigan State, and there is no reason for him to leave. Unless, of course, there were some greener pastures waiting for him on the pro level. Cleveland, unfortunately, will not fit that bill heading into next season.
- For those of you Cleveland fans hoping that LeBron is going to remain a Cav, keep on dreaming. LeBron is going to be out of Cleveland this summer, and from that point on, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be a bottom-feeder franchise for a while. Losing a player of James’ caliber will be a huge blow to the team and the franchise, and I am not sure if they will be able to fully recover unless they get a huge star to replace him. With that being said, the head coaching position is way less desirable in Cleveland, especially for a well-established college coach like Tom Izzo. Why would Izzo leave an awesome situation in college to go to an inevitable mess in the NBA? Sure it’s the NBA, but if you don’t get your team to produce, you will get the boot in a few short years. Whereas in college, you will continue to be glorified, and your stock will keep on rising.
- The Cavs head coaching position heading into next season is a sucker job. It is tailor-made for an assistant coach looking to get his few short years in the spotlight as a head coach (looking to make a few extra bucks as well). Going to the Cavs as a head coach is putting yourself in a position to fail, and there is no way around it. Some smaller-name guys don’t care about that, they just want their chance to be the head coach of an NBA team. But when you are a guy like Tom Izzo, who has the college basketball game in the palm of his hands, it would make no sense to go to a failing franchise. This is why Tom Izzo would be best off if he remained in Michigan State for a while longer.
- However, if he showed interest in a team like the Atlanta Hawks, I would say that it would not be such a bad move. They have some good, young pieces, and it is a team that is just a few pieces away from being a real threat in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully, for Izzo, he can see that a team like Atlanta is a much better prospect for him if he really wants to transition to the NBA game. Going to the Cavs would just be a bonehead move, and it is something that can only mess with the legacy that Tom Izzo has already made for himself.