Thursday, June 10, 2010

Izzo As An NBA Coach Would Be A Disaster

Tom Izzo's potential as an NBA coach is being vastly overrated. His style in the NBA would be a disaster. And do you really think, given a choice, LeBron James - who never played college basketball - would choose Izzo over, say, Byron Scott? Just another part of the whole charade that is the Izzo-Cavaliers dance.

Random Thoughts

- A sign the Tigers may not be much better than a .500 team has been their failure to win road series against subpar competition. Seattle, Kansas City - and it sure didn't look good last night for the Tigers against the White Sox.

- Count me among those who felt it was just a matter of time before Rick Porcello turns it around. Count me among those who were wrong.

- Nebraska is a great fit for the Big Ten. So would Missouri. The bigger issue, however, is how to increase the television population base. Seems inevitable Texas is going to leave the Big 12. Why would it have to go to the Pac 10? The Big Ten should be making a full-court press to get Texas right now. If the Big Ten gets Texas, it wins the realignment game. Texas would draw in the Dallas and Houston markets, both among the top 10 nationally.
I don't like the idea of these so-called super conferences, but it's unavoidable at this point. The Big Ten must make the most of it - or be left holding the bag.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think James would be more interested in a guy who has had years of success in high level college basketball vs. a two-time retread like Byron Scott. Why is Scott even talked about as a coach?

11:14 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Porcello will turn it around... eventually. Perhaps after a stint in Toledo. He was out-of-this-world last year, and it was almost difficult to believe that we were watching a twenty-year old. He's finally showing his age, and that's ok. Maybe the Tigers should do with him what they did to Perry. Put him on the DL for two weeks, give his arm and mind a break, let him do a rehab assignment in Toledo, and get him back here for the second half. We're going to need him if we even have a chance at contending.


11:24 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree although I wouldn't use the term "disaster".

But Izzo would be a middle-of-the-road or inferior coach in the NBA, especially with the CAVS. No experience with the rich, ego guys.

This would analogous to Sabin going to pro football.

Acouple years and Izzo will be running back to college coaching, even though it is much harder work in recruiting and fighting to get the kids to qualify in academics.

Izzo should talk to Donovan.

11:25 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

Porcello has been struck by the dreaded sophmore slumps.

Unfortunately we can't wait much longer for him to turn in around.

I don't know what the right answer here is - just don't trade him - watch him rebound next year.

A stint in Toledo did wonders for Scherzer.

9:08 PM 
Blogger Sandy Gholston said...

i think a lot of people are selling Izzo's ability to adapt to the professional game way too short. I do not think there is any reason to believe that he could not and would not adapt to the pro-style of athlete. College or pro, Izzo didn't get where he is today by sleeping on the bench and not adapting to situations.

That being said. To me it makes no sense for Tom to leave. He has built a college-basketball monster. Why leave that behind? Pitino left Kentucky, went to the NBA for a second time (did not do nearly as well), came back to Louisville and is successful but not to the level he was at Kentucky.

It will never be the same for Pitino at Louisville as it was at Kentucky.

8:43 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Scott had a lot of success with the Nets and did well with the Hornets. He is a bright guy who has the cache of being a championship player.

12:50 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

I think the better option might be to put him in the bullpen and flip flop roles with Bonine so he can work with Knapp, but I agree - something has to be done to change.

12:51 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Well that's the rub. In a couple years, he becomes in big-time demand to coach in the college ranks again - at somewhere other than MSU. To me, that is the line of thinking going around. I don't think that's right given every opportunity given to Izzo was by that school.

12:53 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Like I posted earlier in this comment session, I think the better option would be long relief - that way he could work on the side with Knapp and Jeff Jones rather than Triple-A guys.

12:54 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Sandy Gohlston,
Could be, but would it be more like a somebody changing what made them so successful? That's always a risk.

12:56 PM 

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