Report: LeBron James Supports Hiring of Tom Izzo

by June 14, 2010

According to the Plain Dealer‘s sources, LBJ wouldn’t object to Izzo coaching the Cavs next season. Whether he’ll play for him, of course, remains up in the air: “LeBron James may not be ready to commit to what he’s doing in free agency, but he may be willing to make his opinion known on the Cavaliers’ coaching search. According to a high-level source, James would endorse the Cavs’ hiring Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said last week that James is not involved in the search for a replacement for Mike Brown, but sources have indicated James approves of the highly-respected Izzo. James also said in an interview with Larry King that he doesn’t want to be heavily involved with selecting his next coach. But James ‘100 percent’ would endorse Izzo’s hiring, the source said. Izzo, meanwhile, is still pondering the Cavs job. On Sunday, Izzo told several Michigan-based reporters via text messages that he was “still gathering” in regards to the Cavs’ offer. Gathering facts and opinions, it is assumed. Perhaps even attempting to gather information from James’ himself. Lansing (Mich.) television station WLNS reported on Sunday that Izzo is waiting to speak directly with James, which the station reported had not happened as of Sunday night.”