Tom Izzo – Not John Calipari – To The Cavaliers?

Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo

Coach Calipari to the NBA Rumor NUMBER TWO is on thin ice tonight as Bob Finnan of The News-Herald reports that it appears the Cavaliers have their minds set on hiring Tom Izzo and not John Calipari.

Here are some excerpts from the story |

According to a league source, they are centering their efforts on bringing in Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.

In fact, they’ve already made him an offer to be their coach, the source said. It’s going to take a lot of money to convince Izzo to leave the confines of the college ranks.

The Cavs’ recruiting efforts have been done behind the scenes. The source said Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants Izzo desperately.

Izzo, who makes an estimated $3 million a year, is under contract at Michigan State through 2016.

He has some great qualities as a coach, starting with the fact he’s a high-character guy. His in-your-face style, though, might not work in the NBA.

He’s fiery and very explosive at times. Izzo demands his players compete, hustle and play defense.

All that works well in the college ranks, but it might not translate into professional basketball, where some of the players make $15 million to $20 million a season.

The Cavs might think they need a coach of Izzo’s stature to help re-sign free-agent-to-be LeBron James.

Gilbert said last Friday that he hopes to have a coach in place by July 1, the first day of free agency. He said that might not be possible.

This is great news for any Cat fans who have been on the edge of the Kentucky Coaching seat and follows in-line with exactly what John Calipari has said the entire time.

Full story at The News-Herald…

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