Tom Izzo, head coach of the Detroit Pistons? That would certainly have an interesting ring to it, but ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith wouldn’t call this idea out of the realm of possibility. In a recent appearance on the popular program ‘First Take,’ Smith declared that he expects the Pistons to “go hard” after the long-time head coach of the Michigan State Spartans.
While the thought of coaching an NBA team is incredibly enticing, it would make the most sense for Izzo to stay put in East Lansing.
For starters, there is no hard evidence to prove that he’s even wiling to consider a change. Izzo has already had one run in with the professional ranks in 2010 after the Cleveland Cavaliers made a serious charge to tab him as their next head coach. After weighing his options, Izzo declined and stated, “I am here for life at Michigan State.”
That statement alone should be enough to put away the hopes of any Detroit fans who dream of landing the hard-nosed head coach. However, the issue of job security would be a huge factor as well.
Professional coaches already have an incredibly short leash. They are expected to win and win quickly. In Detroit’s case, the leash is usually even shorter.
The fact that GM Joe Dumars has gone through eight head coaches under his reign is an almost comical statistic. Detroit already has a dysfunctional roster and with the short time frame to right the ship, it doesn’t appear that this coaching gig would be very appealing to Izzo.
Lionel Hollins still seems like the most logical candidate to lead the Pistons, but it appears they they have yet to make contact with the former Memphis Grizzlies head coach.
Team owner Tom Gores hopefully already has an idea in place, but we’ll just have to wait until the offseason to see what his plan entails.