Despite strongly denying initial reports, Tom Izzo was offered full control of the Detroit Pistons.
A report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune indicates that Stand Van Gundy was not first choice for the Detroit Pistons General Manager and Head Coach position. Tom Izzo was originally offered the same contract with full control of the Detroit Pistons but turned it down.
Izzo was offered the same five-year, $35 million offer to coach and run the Pistons that Van Gundy eventually accepted last week.
The report also indicates that Tom Izzo was also considered for the head coaching position in Cleveland and Minnesota.
Izzo also declined when Cleveland fired Mike Brown and called for the second time in four years.
This is an interesting development considering Tom Izzo denied discussing the Pistons opening on the “Shep in the Morning Show” before his match-up with Virgina in the NCAA tournament
Listen to the Podcast segment on the “Shep In The Morning” Show.
Izzo told Matt Sheppard on March 26th that he was “upset with the media” when someone can “sit in a basement and make up stuff”. In fact Tom Izzo denied even talking to the Pistons about the job saying he had not been contacted “in any way shape or form”. He went on to blame the “twitter generation” for “embarrassing reports” about having been offered the Pistons job.
That may have been true when Izzo gave the interview on March 26th but obviously circumstances changed quickly. it is hard to imagine that Tom Gores would have had multiple discussions with the Spartans head coach before offering him a $35 million contract. A contract that would have given Tom Izzo, who has never coached in the NBA, full control of an NBA franchise.