No doubt Tom Izzo is a brilliant basketball mind.
Could he succeed in the right NBA opportunity? Absolutely, especially if coaching LeBron James was that opportunity.
However, for the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James himself, Tom Izzo is not the best option right now.
Izzo is a motivator. He knows how to get the most out of his players, but also takes a hard line approach that he would need to adjust in the NBA.
The Cavaliers are desperate, but instead of looking for a big name outside of the NBA, maybe they should look to NBA veteran coaches instead.
Yes, his last team started off 0-16.
But it really wasn't his fault.
Frank had lost all the pieces to the team and although some talent existed this was not a good team. They had no direction early, ownership questions, and he had no chance from the beginning of the 2009 season.
A fresh start in Cleveland would come with an owner willing to do anything to win. Frank can win with the correct pieces. His teams played solid defense, but they were aging and running out of room. And lets be honest, can any coach in the NBA win a title with Vince Carter? Didn't think so.
Without LeBron James, Frank would still be a good candidate. He can help the team build a young foundation, and he can get them to play the game the right way.
With Lebron James, the process would be expedited and Frank could have them winning the NBA finals very quickly.
On paper 0-16 looks ugly, but look past it and a young, solid coach remains in the wings.
Frank is a veteran who has now had time to rethink some of his philosophies. It's the right time to take a chance on this former coach before another team swoops in first.
Don't look away, Cleveland fans.
Dan Gilbert should consider bringing back Mike Fratello.
In three different head coaching stints, he has proven his teams win. He may not have a title to his name, but he also got a lot out of what he had to work with.
He has only had the opportunity to coach one true NBA superstar in his career, Dominique Wilkins. Unfortunately for Fratello, that came early in his coaching career. Now he is a savvy veteran with additional ways of winning with a superstar.
It also came during the 80s where too many dominant teams could over-power the Hawks.
Then came the 90s in Cleveland. The fans are familiar with his work, but they must also remember he coached there during Michael Jordan's era. He was not going to win a title against the Bulls in the heart of their runs.
He had successful seasons and that cannot be overlooked.
He helped turn Memphis around for a couple years and proved he can still coach in the NBA today.
Even if Lebron James did not stay, Fratello could keep Cleveland a winner.
With James, this new decade could become one where Fratello no longer frets Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan. He would have Lebron James and a well-deserved title.
It's time for him to step away from TNT and Gilbert should help him come home to Cleveland.
Avery Johnson almost jumped back into the fray a few years back with the Detroit Pistons. Instead, he remained an analyst for ESPN.
It's time to get the annoying voice off TV and back onto the court.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a team set up to play solid defense. They have a team with experience. But they need a coach that can bring in some fresh ideas to maximize what they do.
He may not be the best coach, but he is more than solid. Johnson is a former NBA Coach of the Year who found himself in an interesting situation. He took over for Don Nelson late in 2005 and continued to build on a strong foundation that was already there.
He should have won the NBA title in 2005-06, but instead a few crazy plays and a white-hot Dwyane Wade blew their chances.
His teams collapsed in the first round the following two years, but that wasn't all his fault. The Mavs have proven since then that they are an extremely fragile team.
The Cavaliers could use a coach with a bit of a personality who is ready to step back into the coaching world.
He has been a head coach, one of the most important factors for someone taking over a veteran team. He was a former player and knows today's players better than many other coaches do. And with the right opportunity can get redemption for a failed finals appearance.
Cleveland is an opportunity and Dan Gilbert should entertain the idea.
Currently, Jeff Van Gundy reigns as the most free-flowing announcer in the NBA. He will say whatever he feels, even if it makes no sense. But before he was having fun confusing fans, he was a very good coach.
And he is the best option for Cleveland, with or without LeBron.
Van Gundy has managed stars before with Patrick Ewing, Tracy McGrady, and Yao Ming in his former arsenal. He's been in a big city. He's reached the NBA finals with the New York Knicks (even if it was in a shortened year). And his teams play defense.
Van Gundy knows the game well and would have no problem readjusting to the coaching life. He did a solid job with what he had to work with in the past and his in game coaching is one of his higher qualities. Even without LeBron, he can get the most out of his players.
Stepping back for a few years to re-evaluate the game from the announcing booth was the best decision he could have ever made. He has found himself watching more games than ever and breaking down what is currently working in the NBA.
Even without LeBron he could make the Cavs into a playoff team.
But Van Gundy and LeBron James, wouldn't that be intriguing?
It's time for Van Gundy to return. If LeBron James is smart, he would tell his "ring leaders" to stop looking for big names, his coaching "friends," and put himself in the best situation to win. Back home in Cleveland, with Van Gundy moving the chess pieces.
Van Gundy would help bring Lebron James and the city of Cleveland a title.
Dan Gilbert needs to stop looking so far away and just listen for the voice screaming about tater tots or whatever is currently on Jeff Van Gundy's mind.
His contract is up.
He has coached the best superstars in the NBA for the past 20 years.
He has won more NBA titles than anyone.
And once again, his contract is up.
If Dan Gilbert wants LeBron James to stay. This is the man that would undoubtedly get the job done.
Phil has the perfect system for the NBA, especially when it involves a superstar player. His teams can play great defense, better offense, and when it comes down to the end... he's going home a winner more often than not.
Often times Phil Jackson is seen as overrated because he always has the best players. Having LeBron James may add to that. But so far other coaches have failed to win titles with Michael Jordan and now LeBron James.
So why not bring in the coaching closer and get Cleveland some titles?