Tom Izzo Rumors
Players must carry even more responsibility to uphold the standard to “keep the ship sailing,” as Green put it. It’s just another lesson he learned from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. “That’s myself, that’s Steph (Curry), that’s (Andrew) Bogut, that’s Andre (Iguodala), that’s us as leaders,” he said. “If something isn’t going right, we have to step up. At the end of the day, Luke can do it and he will do it, but anytime you can get something from another player, it’s better. Coach Izzo always had a saying, `A player-coached team is always better than a coach-coached team.’ ”
Griffin’s candidate list includes young coaches like Tyronn Lue and Adrian Griffin, along with familiar faces from his past such as Vinny Del Negro, Lionel Hollins and Alvin Gentry. Gilbert, meanwhile, continues to be infatuated with big names. He was rejected by Tom Izzo four years ago and pursued the Michigan State coach again a few months ago, offering full control of the organization. Izzo again declined.
Saunders didn’t offer the job to Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger as reported, though they did have discussions. Joerger, a Staples, Minn., native, ended up signing a contract extension with the Grizzlies on May 27. “First of all, the interview process was interesting,” Saunders said. “We talked to a lot of people, a lot of good people. Some college guys, [Michigan State’s] Tom Izzo is a friend of mine, [Iowa State’s] Freddie Hoiberg. When you go through that situation they have things they want to do. To coach at [the NBA] level is difficult because there’s a lot of factors that get involved. So when it came down to it and we started going through everybody, I went to Glen this week and I said, ‘Here’s some options we have.’ Then Glen said, based on where our team is right now, I think you’re the best viable option to coach this team and move forward.”