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Old 06-13-2010, 11:24 PM   #4
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Default Re: Source: Gilbert's recruitment of Izzo

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James may not be ready to commit to what he's doing in free agency, but he may be willing to make his opinion known on the Cavaliers' coaching search.

According to a high-level source, James would endorse the Cavs' hiring Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said last week that James is not involved in the search for a replacement for Mike Brown, but sources have indicated James approves of the highly-respected Izzo. James also said in an interview with Larry King that he doesn't want to be heavily involved with selecting his next coach.
But James "100 percent" would endorse Izzo's hiring, the source said.
Izzo, meanwhile, is still pondering the Cavs job. On Sunday, Izzo told several Michigan-based reporters via text messages that he was "still gathering" in regards to the Cavs' offer. Gathering facts and opinions, it is assumed. Perhaps even attempting to gather information from James' himself.
Lansing (Mich.) television station WLNS reported on Sunday that Izzo is waiting to speak directly with James, which the station reported had not happened as of Sunday night.
Nonetheless, James isn't believed to be giving anyone a hint to what his personal plans will be once he hits free agency on July 1. That seems to be the greatest issue Izzo is considering. Izzo has consulted numerous friends and acquaintances looking for an opinion of what James' intentions might be and what the Cavs may be able to do if they re-sign him or if they do not.
While he ponders and hopes to speak with James, though, Michigan State is trying to leverage its hometown edge. Several grassroots campaigns have been organized to appeal to Izzo to turn down the Cleveland offer.
A Web site has been formed to collect messages from fans and several groups have formed rallies and gatherings to make signs. There are now hundreds of signs supporting Izzo throughout East Lansing and the route from Izzo's home to the Breslin Center, the Spartans' arena, is littered with signs.
Izzo will likely have to drive past them on Monday when he's scheduled to host the start of a youth basketball camp that bears his name.
Though there has been an expectation that Izzo would make up his mind over the weekend, there were no indications on Sunday that Izzo planned an announcement on Monday.

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