Monday, November 29, 1999

NBA - Leading coaching candidate turns down Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were still searching for a new coach on Wednesday after top candidate Tom Izzo turned them down.Izzo, the highly respected coach at Michigan State University, said at a news conference he had decided to stay at the university."I'm pleased to say I am here for life," Izzo said on Tuesday.He had been Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's top choice to replace Mike Brown, who was fired last month.Former New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott could be the next candidate, but he supposedly will not interview formally for the job until the Los Angeles Lakers and coach Phil Jackson decide whether Jackson returns, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on its website ( the situation is league MVP LeBron James's pending decision on whether to re-sign with the Cavaliers or explores free-agency options.Izzo alluded to James in his announcement."Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270-pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home," the coach said.(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina. Editing by Miles Evans.To query or comment on this story email
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