James' uncertain future will make for a difficult decision for any prospective Cavs coach. He is unlikely to tip his hand publicly before free agency begins July 1.
For the past nine days, Izzo has been trying to decide whether to leave the place that has been his home since 1983 and jump to the NBA to perhaps make $6 million -- doubling his salary -- and possibly coach one of the best basketball players in the world.
Izzo readily admitted that the idea of coaching James was very tempting. His son, Steven, too, was intrigued by James.
In the end, he turned down the money for job security and ability to become a legend in East Lansing as he brings the Spartans to glory year after year.