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Doesn't matter, plenty of coaches have failed to capitalize on the right time right place, and the collected NBA Olympians is about as "right" as it gets.
Paul Pierce is a shoe in, first ballot HOF. One of the great small forwards of all time. He is a ten time All-Star and averaged more than 22 points per game in his career. I wouldn't consider him a "quasi star"
I just want to see them run the war drill.
quasi-stars are WAY more awesome than regular stars, powered by black holes instead of nuclear fusion.
He don't even wanna play olympic basketball no mo.
Izzo has said that he'd be the towel boy to be a part of the Olympics. If a guy with that much passion and his resume can't get at least an assistant coaching gig, Colangelo is a dumbass.
"If you're worried about Wolverine fans, just move to Pasadena. You'll never have to deal with 'em."
The decision is on Colangelo -- if he goes with a pro coach, the first offers will be Popovich, Rivers, and Phil Jackson. If he sticks with a college guy, it will be Izzo.
B. I shoulda said "star, quasi super-star". You're right, he's a HoFer, but I don't think he's a game changer the way LBJ, Wade, Rose, Durant, Westbrook, Jordan, Magic, Byrd (Superstars) are. He's more of the level of a star, a cut below.
A huge part of this selection will be the pressure from the US Olympic body to go with a current media darling to increase interest in the team. Clearly they won't pick some idiot like John Groce if Illinois pulled off a shocker this March. However, it does mean that Izzo can do himself a giant favor in the selection process by getting to the Final Four and winning the NC.
Is LeBron making 3.5 million a week?
I am gravely disappointed. Again you have made me unleash my dogs of war.
Never count out the Italian connection
Mr. Colangelo meet Mr. Izzo
How ya doin
It's not inconceivable. He's getting 308K a week from the heat, if he could pull in another 1.5M from endorsements, and if all his previous money was invested in high yield accounts...
It would be a great honor for Izzo.
That being said, Izzo yelling at Kobe for not playing defense would not be well received.
Tom Izzo is not the type of coach for that gig, can't coach a game sitting on his hands.
Kobe will likely be retired, too old, or worn out. But I don't think he is close the most un-coachable star.
I'm surprised that so many think Coach K treated these guys with kid gloves.
Izzo would do the same thing his best MSU teams did, figure out who the team leaders were Lebron or someone like him and have the players lay down the rules of effort.
Coach K is pretty much a NBA coach in college
Izzo is not
None of those coaches are in the discussion to coach the Olympic team, for obvious reasons.
How do you figure. His background is West Point and Bobby Knight. He does not let the players run the show.
The way he coaches during a game, you never really see him standing up directing and yelling at his players, he pretty much just sits down and observes the game
And he fact that he's coached a lot of one and done NBA type players
Complete opposite of Izzo
You guys act like Izzo wouldn't adjust to how he coaches...there will be flashes of his college style but no way it will be anything close to how he acts on the road in the b10
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