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Report: Detroit Pistons to target Tom Izzo this offseason

Mar 25, 2014, 3:08 PM EST

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The Detroit Pistons have had a miserable season, one that got head coach Maurice Cheeks fired and could result in the end of the Joe Dumars tenure with the organization.

Eventually, the Pistons are going to have to find a head coach to rebuild the team, and one of the names that is popping up in rumors is Tom Izzo, the current Michigan State head coach. Sam Amick of USA Today said this morning that Izzo will be one of the first guys that the Detroit ownership targets, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that Tom Gores is a Michigan State alum.

Izzo has flirted with the NBA before. He almost left East Lansing to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2011, and even admitted to SI.com earlier this month that he’s frustrated with recruiting elite talent and the expectations that come with building a winning program.

Michigan State has a chance to win a national title this season, but with Adreian Payne and Keith Appling graduating, the potential for Branden Dawson and Gary Harris to turn pro, and a rebuilding year or two on the immediate horizon, there may actually be some legs to the theory that Izzo will make the leap to the next level after the season.

  1. spartyownsyou - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Unfortunately for the Pistons he’s already very clearly stated that he’s a Spartan for life and isn’t going anywhere. Also his wife is from East Lansing and she wants to continue to live there. All this will do is force Michigan State to offer him more money like when the Cavs (and their traitor MSU alum owner Gilbert) tried to lure him away. That’s just fine with me. Give him 10 million a year for all I care it’s not my money.

  2. holographicribs - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Why would the Pistons want to hire the Bobby Cox of NCAA basketball? 1 championship in the last 7,901,328 consecutive trips to the tournament isn’t all that impressive.

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