Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 at 10:22 pm  |  11 responses

Izzo Turns Down Cavs, Staying At State

At 8:30 Tuesday night, Tom Izzo held a press conference announcing his decision to stay at Michigan State. As Brian Windhorst tweeted from the presser, Izzo said: “If LeBron wouldn’ve stayed that doesn’t mean that I would have been there. It was not the only factor. Was it a big factor? Sure.”

So does that mean LeBron isn’t staying? Don’t know, but here’s a full story on Izzo from Mitch Albom: “And so he stays. The most hotly debated topic in basketball ends with Tom Izzo going nowhere. He is ‘here for life,’ he now declares. But he is not the same. What Izzo went through the past 10 days will shadow him for months, if not years. It was nothing less than a total soul examination: Who do I want to be? How will I be remembered? How important are the things I say are important? The questions may be over now for Spartans and Cavaliers fans, but the wondering will not end for Izzo, no matter what he says. He will think and think again about the reported $30-million offer, a chance to coach LeBron James, one of the greatest talents in NBA history, a chance to see the NBA Finals without two decades of trying. The words you heard suggest: ‘I did the right thing.’ But the question in his head will be: ‘Did I do the right thing?’”

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  • Cru_thik305

    YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! much respect to izzo, but he wasnt who we needed to win right now. we arent rebuilding, we need someone with actual nba experience. i vote for Byron Scott.

  • zldx

    fryyyyy turned down by a college coach

  • T-Money

    I’m shocked. Why didn’t he take the money?! 30 mil is a lot! He was making apparently something like 2-3 mil a year. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll get fired, paid in full and go back to ruling the NCAA like Pitino or Cal. No biggie. Mich St is nice but not THAT nice. They’re not on Duke, UNC, UCLA, UK on a historic level.

  • Chris

    Oh God, I hope this means Lebron is leaving. If I had him on a team and was offered 30 million, I would for sure take the job!

  • The Philosopher

    Tom Izzo is old school. He has plenty of money.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    im not really upset or glad that we didnt get him. but no matter what statements are released, james’ status is a huge factor in this equation. Still very high on byron scott. hopefully we get him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    where is my post? anyway go for byron scott.

  • giogolo

    r u kidding me. everything was about lebron.

  • johnny c

    whatever team gets him might as well make lebron the GM, owner, coach, star player, assistant coaches…………. sh*t. i got a lot of love for lebron, but giving him full command of a franchise wont equal success, case in point, cleveland aint won a title yet.

  • Dirtybird

    ^Like Jackie Moon.

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