Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lebron's Collegiate Education

With the recent news that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will be staying put, this made me think a little.  Now, I don't usually think, it isn't one of my strong suits, I try to stray away from it.  But with everything that came up regarding the recruitment of Tom Izzo, I have come to the conclusion that Lebron James will be a Cleveland Cavalier for his entire NBA career.  If Lebron stays true to everything he has ever said and doesn't want to be the most hated man in Cleveland, he will stay in C-town. 

You have to look at this a few different ways.  Tom Izzo is one of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game of basketball.  Every off season can pretty much be looked at as his free agency period.  Every year NBA franchises or Colleges are always coming up in the headlines as having interest in bringing Izzo in to coach their teams.  Now that Lebron's free agency is about 2 weeks away, all these different franchises are coming up as front runners for suitors who will be pitching for Lebron's services once free agency begins.  Izzo was being lured by offers consisting of pay raises, luxurious amenities, and endless resources to achieve a championship season.  Once Lebron hits the market, NBA franchises will be sending their private jets to scoop up the 25 year old superstar, take him to 5 star restaurants, and pretty much tell him that if he signs with them then the sky is the limit.

I won't lie. I thought Izzo was coaching the Cavs in the 2010-2011 season. If you offer me a job that would double my salary, give me an endless budget to use, and possibly the best player in the game, you're damn right I'm signing.  This is where Lebron could learn a little from Tom Izzo.  This man thought about it long and hard and realized that he was going to follow his heart.  His heart just happened to be in East Lansing coaching college basketball.  I will bet any money that Michigan State is now restructuring Izzo's contract to give him more money and pretty much anything the guy wants.  This also speaks volumes for future recruits for Michigan State.  A big problem in collegiate sports is recruits renegging on schools because a coach resigns or gets the can.  He pretty much assured that University that they have one of the best college coaches to ever coach the game on their bench for as long as he wants to continue his career.  After everything that was thrown at this guy, he still decided to stay at home and continue to win with the team he has been with for over 20 years.  Now, Lebron hasn't been with the Cavs for over 20 years but has been with Cleveland for over 20 years.  This is his home and the fans treat him like the hometown hero that he has been dubbed as.  He is going to see outrageous offers along with plans for Lebron that will win him a championship.  Lebron just has to do exactly what Tom Izzo did and that is follow his heart and he knows that it isn't anywhere but Cleveland.


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