Tom Izzo Rumors
In 2012, Gilbert had said that the big lesson he learned from James’ departure in 2010 was to never let a player have that much leverage over his franchise again. But coming out of that meeting with James’ agents, Gilbert thought back to the call he’d gotten from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo at the end of the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. Izzo had told him, “You gotta take my guy.” The Cavs had two second-round picks, and Izzo was calling Gilbert, a Michigan State guy, to tell him that Draymond Green was the real deal. “I still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat that we didn’t take him,” Gilbert says of Green, who torched the Cavs for 28 points in the Warriors’ 110-77 win in Game 2 of the Finals. “I didn’t listen to my gut.”
Magic Johnson: Congratulations to my good friend, @MSU_Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo on being elected to @Hoophall! #16HoopClass
The official announcement comes on Monday morning, but it appears Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will be part of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. According to posts on Twitter from Tim Brando and John Feinstein, Izzo made the cut.
Allen Iverson, Yao Ming, Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Izzo and Sheryl Swoopes are some of the top candidates for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as the Hall begins its switch to a four-year waiting period for candidacy. This is one of the new rules for the Springfield, Massachusetts, shrine. The previous requirement was that a player be retired for five full seasons. Because of the enshrinement calendar, that meant players would be out of the game for six years before they could be inducted.