Obviously, this is a New Jersey Nets blog, however, the NAS crew absolutely love the NBA in general. So, every week, Sebastian, Mark, Devin, and myself will answer questions regarding the L.
1) How much do you think Tom Izzo not taking the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching had to do with LeBron James? Is this a sign that LeBron is bolting Cleveland?
I don't think the actual non-signing has anything to do with LeBron. Although, I think a big indicator that he might be leaving is the fact that he refused to meet with Izzo when he was in Cleveland. If he is staying, doesn't he want to talk to the new coach and get things figured out?
LeBron, LeBron, LeBron. I'm really starting to feel like Jan Brady here. Obviously, the uncertainty of the LeBron situation is connected to Izzo's decision to stay at Michigan State, though I don't think anyone can say with any certainty that this now tips LeBron's hand and he's going to leave. Regardless of LeBron, I thought Izzo risked ruining his legacy by jumping to the NBA to coach the Cavs. And maybe, when it's all said and done, Izzo was much happier being the best college coach rather than another guy who came over to the NBA and failed. It's not like Pitino, Calipari and Carlesimo haven't set a precedent here.
It's probably not specifically a sign, but do think LeBron is gone. Tom loves Michigan State (clearly) and obviously has a ton of allegiances to the university. While it would have been interesting to see him manning the sidelines at Cleveland, I think it's probably best for him to stay in college, since most coaches have difficulties making the transition and Izzo's got a huge following at MSU. All in all, I don't think Izzo turning down the job had to do with LeBron's potential departure, but LeBron will most likely only play in Cleveland on the road next year.
I think the uncertainty of LeBron re-signing led to the uncertainty and eventually rejection of Izzo. If there was any clue that LeBron was going to re-sign, Izzo would have been all over that job because who wouldn't want to coach LeBron besides Mike Brown who seemed like he never really did anyway. I still believe that James will come back to Cleveland, but the coaching shambles did make me rethink that. However, after a few minutes, I came back to think that Cleveland will continue to be witnesses.... MORE →