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Izzo turns down the NBA, stays at Michigan State

06/16/2010

Transitioning from being an outstanding college head basketball coach to an equally proficient professional coach is as difficult as it is for a player.  Coaches go from full control to partial control and instead of managing players they manage personalities.

In the most talked about issue that isn’t Lebron James, Tom Izzo turned down an offer to be the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Izzo realized this when he turned down the Cleveland Cavaliers offer to leave Michigan State and become their new head coach. This is the second time in his illustrious career that he has turned down an offer from the NBA. The first was with the Atlanta Hawks, which offered him head coach, general manager and he had control over all basketball operations as well as doubling his salary. The Cavaliers,who was also offered him twice as much to leave the college ranks.

“I’m at Michigan State for life,” Izzo said at a press conference today at East Lansing.

The move wasn’t a hard one albeit the Cavs have some of the worse problems in the NBA right now. Danny Ferry has stepped down from his General Manager position, the team is offering Mo Williams and Delonte West and their franchise player, Lebron James is  in limbo as he awaits free agency.

James uncertainty is a big reason why Izzo passed. He was not involved in the process at all and did not speak to Izzo personally. This all could be because this job is considered a seat in the NBA. You have three years tops to get the Cavs to a championship or your gone. With James uncertain if he will come back to Cleveland he did the right thing.

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