Mar 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Michigan State Spartans guard/forward Branden Dawson (22) during the first half against the Connecticut Huskies in the finals of the east regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Coaching Rumors: Tom Izzo says he will return to Michigan State in 2014


With the NBA playoffs going on, there is a lot of attention being paid to how the teams that aren’t in the postseason can adjust and make sure they get there in 2014. For four teams in the NBA the journey to getting better and making the postseason begins with finding a new head coach as the Pistons, Knicks and Jazz all fired this head coaches and Rick Adelman retired as the Timberwolves head coach.

But one name that has popped up on a lot of coaching lists is Mighican State head coach Tom Izzo. NBA teams have been after Izzo as far back as the 2000s and his record and popularity at Michigan State explains why. But while the NBA is the promised land for coaches in basketball, Andy Katz of ESPN.com writes that Izzo seems to have already found his happiness and is in no rush to move up to the pros.

Not having Izzo has a possibility for teams looking at coaching options isn’t the end of the world but it makes the limited field much more competitive. Izzo was on a few radars and while his returning is no surprise, teams must now cross him off the list and officially move on.

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