Tom Izzo Rumors
Anthony Slater: Tom Izzo was in Denver to visit Draymond Green today. His message: Stop complaining about calls. Draymond on the Izzo friendship
The long conversation surely reflected Draymond Green expressing gratitude and reminiscing on pleasant memories. After all, the Warriors forward has considered Michigan State coach Tom Izzo “one of my best friends” that has served as a “father figure, coach, friend and brother.”
With Izzo in town for the Warriors’ 128-107 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Green’s former coach offered brutal honesty to a man who also speaks his mind. “What are you doing? You cry about every call,” Izzo said. “You’re worried about the wrong things.”
Tom Izzo was succinct, appreciative, reflective and sincere over the course of his introspective 14-minute speech on the occasion of his Hall of Fame enshrinement Friday night in Springfield, Mass. Izzo, who has 524 wins and counting at Michigan State, and has become one of the most successful and revered college coaches, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Sheryl Swoopes and Jerry Reinsdorf. “Tonight, other than the birth of my children, is the proudest and greatest achievement of my life,” Izzo said at the podium.
The Hall of Fame now awaits, with O’Neal being inducted in a class that includes Allen Iverson, Yao Ming and Tom Izzo, among others. O’Neal told The Vertical that he has chosen four Hall of Famers – Isiah Thomas, Julius Erving, Bill Russell and Alonzo Mourning – to present him in Friday’s ceremony. In 19 seasons, O’Neal earned four championships, three Finals MVPs, one league MVP and 15 All-Star honors, and is seventh on the all-time scoring list.