April 20, 2014

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‘LeBron Appreciation Day’ ends early, then James arrives after most in crowd depart

AKRON –  “LeBron Appreciation Day” was scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. The event actually ended at about 12:40, with the closest thing to a LeBron James sighting being 27-year-old Akron native Danny Hopkins, an easy winner of the James lookalike contest. As the Read More…

Akron makes pitch to The King, holds ‘LeBron Appreciation Day’

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AKRON — LeBron James’ hometown will hold “LeBron Appreciation Day” Saturday at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium, but officials of the event haven’t confirmed whether the two-time league MVP will be in attendance. “We’ve been in contact with his people and the Cavaliers,” InfoCision public relations director Gretchen Fri said Tuesday. “From what we Read More…

What’s it all mean? Don’t ask LeBron, the CT’s Rick Noland says

From fans everywhere to radio talk show hosts to the local media to national pun­dits, everyone’s trying to read between the lines right now. The moment Tom Izzo announced he had turned down the Cavaliers’ coaching offer to stay at Michigan State, people naturally turned their attention to what that decision meant in regard to Read More…

It’s over: Izzo tells Cavs no

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He called it a “once-in-a-life­time opportunity,” but Michi­gan State coach Tom Izzo on Tuesday evening turned down a five-year, $30 million contract offer to coach the Cavaliers. “It was way wackier than the wild, wild west,” Izzo said dur­ing a news conference in East Lansing. “I knew at the begin­ning, whatever decision I made was Read More…

Cavs have few good options left, the CT’s Rick Noland says

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tried to hit a mammoth home run, but he ended up striking out. Tom Izzo announced Tuesday night that he will remain as Michigan State coach, sending Gilbert back to the dugout — and the drawing board — with $30 million in hand. Gilbert went down swinging, but he whiffed nonetheless. Read More…

Source: No talks between LeBron and Izzo

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Tom Izzo wouldn’t even tell one of his young campers if he wants to coach the Cleve­land Cavaliers or stay at Michigan State. Izzo was at his basketball camp Monday when a boy tried to get the scoop, inquiring about the coach’s interest in jumping to the NBA. “Bad question,” Izzo Read More…

Cavaliers still waiting for answer from Izzo

CLEVELAND – The Tom Izzo saga staggers on. And you thought the LeBron James rumors were getting tiresome. Izzo’s week-plus courtship by the Cleveland Cavaliers continued Saturday with no resolution – and no timetable for a decision from Michigan State’s coach, who is considering a five-year, $30 million contract offer from the team to leave Read More…

Cavaliers: Izzo closer to making a decision?

INDEPENDENCE – Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is expected to decide soon whether he’s going to accept the Cavaliers’ head coaching position, and he’ll apparently do so without knowing the future of LeBron James. An announcement could come as early as today, as Izzo held a meeting with Michigan State players Friday, the official explanation Read More…

Michigan State’s Izzo tours Cavaliers’ team digs

INDEPENDENCE — Tom Izzo was in town Thursday touring the Cavaliers facilities and meeting with front office members, but a source said it was unlikely the Cavaliers would announce a coaching hire today. Izzo, who has led Michigan State to six Final Four appearances and one national champi­onship in the last 12 years, flew into Read More…

Tom Izzo mulls move to Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE — Things could be getting serious between Tom Izzo and the Cavaliers. According to several reports, Izzo held a meeting Tues­day night with his Michigan State players to inform them he was talking to the Cavaliers about their vacant head coaching position. Izzo did not tell the players he was taking the job, only Read More…