Somewhere Danny Ferry might just be saying I told him not to do that. But whether he is or not, Dan Gilbert did do just that by going "all in" on Tom Izzo and it appears he came up snake-eyes. So what's a risk-taking NBA owner to do now you ask? Well, I can't imagine he knows, but I have a guess. No more guessing on Izzo though for now, it won't be him to replace Mike Brown next season. Per the Detroit Free Press Tuesday evening:
"The weeklong saga of Tom Izzo and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with the Michigan State coach announcing he would stay in East Lansing and pass on an opportunity to coach in the NBA. In a statement released by the school Izzo said: 'I'm pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State.'"
So what role did LeBron James play in this decision? None, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard who said this on Sportscenter Tuesday night:
"The fact is that LeBron James was not going to tip his hand to Tom Izzo. Izzo couldn't get a hold of LeBron, but even if he had LeBron would not have told him I'm staying, or I'm leaving so that changes the whole scenario and I think that is the main reason Tom Izzo is staying put at Michigan State."
Now we can speculate all day long as to what this means in the 'will he stay or will he go' debate, but I really don't want to weigh in on that. Like most of you, I'm tired of it already and it's not even July yet. But what I will say, prior to moving on, is that it does appear to me that what seems to be the most important thing to LeBron right now is that he enters this 'free agency, media-frenzy-tour' appearing as genuinely 'free' and 'available' as possible to anybody who wants to watch, woo, or openly wish he plays for their team next season. Everything else, like losing the opportunity to play for a coach he may or may not have wanted to play for on a team he may or may not want to resign with comes second. So do what you want with that.
But back to Gilbert, what he can do - and probably has to do - now is the same thing we're doing. Wait and see what LeBron James does.