Should Tom Izzo..
Should tom Izzo Accept the Coaching Job for the Cavaliers?
If he does, will he be a good NBA Coach?
Tom Izzo is a fantastic college coach with a dream situation at Michigan State. However, if you read the articles, you will know why he's considering giving it up for the NBA, and it's not the money. Tom Izzo can no longer take the "Culture of Cheating", which is what NCAA basketball is.
The term "student athlete" is a joke. And now with "One and Done" players making a complete mockery of that term, he can't take it any more. Everything I read makes it crystal clear that Izzo loves Michigan State, but he cannot stand the hypocrisy and cheating.
Will he be a good coach in the NBA? The odds are against him. The qualities that make one a great college coach usually don't translate well to the NBA, where part of your job is coddling mutli-millionaires. History has proven that great college coaches usually fail in the NBA.
i say why not. its all about money and he will be getting paid double what he usually makes and if he eventually gets fired he will have his choice of colleges to coach. its a win win situation for him
If he leaves I know 1 thing.....It's going to be very weird watching Michigan State without him yelling at Durrell Summers every 5 seconds lol
Coach K at Duke and Coach Izzo at Michigan State earn millions of dollars and they work at great universities where everyone loves them. They don't need the extra money. If that was the deciding factor, Coach K would have left Duke for the NBA a long time ago where he could easily double his salary.
This is not about the money. For Izzo, it's the culture of cheating in college basketball that he wants to leave behind. However, he's torn between his loyalty to the University that gave him so much versus the desire to get away from academic hypocrisy of college basketball. Izzo does things the right away at Michigan State while watching the big time cheaters get away with larceny.
It's sad if he goes, but I wish him the best luck. Personally I think he is the best coach in college basketball and he has a program that he is trying to have compete longterm. I think a lot of guys in college have no interest in coaching guys that they can't develop or that every guy leaves. You always want the talent, but those guys never learn the system, they never grow under you which is part of coaching and they don't have much incentive to listen to anything anyone says once that happens. That's why you see DeMarcus Cousin cursing out his coach and his coach has to keep a straight face and basically take it because this is the culture that is acceptable now.
Not sure if he succeeds, but not like it matters as far as job security goes. He can always go back to college if he decides. I guess the thing that I wonder about that if he really wanted an NBA job he should have shown some more interest maybe. Not sure you want to go to Cleveland and not know if Lebron is staying. I'd love to get paid a couple of mil to coach, but not sure I'd like my chances coaching a starting lineup of Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon, Antoine Jamison, and Varejo....I'd rather coach a WNBA team than do that to myself.
He is tired of the recruiting circus. I think he has to wait to see what James does though. I think he would be a good NBA coach, he is my favorite college coach and the NCAA would take a huge hit losing a guy of his character.
I wish him the best whatever he decides.
Based on what I've been hearing and reading... LeBron won't impact his decision.
Why would he want to take over a LeBron less cavs team? I thought that was why he was interested in the cavs job? Does he have some ties to Cleveland?
Either he'll be coaching LeBron or coaching a team that's rebuilding from the ground up. I think he understands that. If he didn't, he'd be telling the Cavs he won't make his decision until after he knows whether or not LeBron is returning.
I am friends w several college coaches and several college assistants. They can't stand the things that are going on in recruiting. The debacle in Washington w Kanter and Jones. Everyone recruiting Bledsoe last year going into his senior year knew he was ineligible and had no chance of gaining eligibility unless something crazy happened. As we know now something crazy did happen.
The fact that you recruit a kid so hard and he bolts after one year. The fact that the NBA uses the college game as a feeder system to the pros. Look at what's going on in Oklahoma. 2 frosh who really had no business of leaving early and yet they did. It happened at so many schools this year it was ridiculous.
I think the NBA needs to change it to what Baseball has. You can go to the pros after your high school year or you have to wait 3 years. That's the best thing for everyone. If you happen to blossom after your sophomore year then sorry about your luck, go overseas.
In the end the college game is going to suffer because a lot of good coaches will end up leaving. I really think the best thing for college basketball is to end the AAU recruiting, end the one and done, and pay the players 1k a month on top of the scholarships.
Oh and ban Calipari for life!!
My opinion is that Izzo should go if his goal is become an NBA coach and try to win a championship. If that isn't a goal for him and if hes just doing it to say he tried or some other reason then thats not good reason. he should just do whatever he thinks is best for himself and his family.
alot of peopel make millions of dollars working somewhere you like but go somewhere else if they are given more money. just like nba free agents. this is nothing new( maybe its new to you) but to most people this isnt new. almost everyone has a price. im sorry but thats the way it is