If the Cleveland Cavaliers Can’t Have Phil Jackson, Is Tom Izzo Their Guy?

May 26th, 2010 by Aaron Green Leave a reply »

Mike Brown had a nice five-year run as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He led them to the playoffs in all five seasons and took the franchise to its first NBA Finals.

However, Brown is no longer at the helm, and it’s time to move on.

The Cavaliers’ coaching vacancy could be one of the greatest jobs in the history of the NBA, or one of the worst, depending on what LeBron James does this offseason.

Phil Jackson, Avery Johnson, and Mike Krzyzewski have all surfaced as possible candidates to replace Brown. Without James returning, I can’t fathom Jackson or Krzyzewski coming to Cleveland, and I think it would be long shot to see Johnson with the James-less Cavaliers.

In all likelihood, none of the highly sought-after coaches would come to Cleveland without James staying there.

Therefore, let’s assume that James gives an emotional press conference in July saying that he loves the Cleveland area—he always has and always will—he can’t turn his back on the cit ...

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