How’s this scenario: Mike Woodson as LeBron’s next coach?

If the Cavs don't hire Tom Izzo...

If the Cavaliers don't hire Tom Izzo...

...Mike Woodson may be a fallback.

...Mike Woodson may be a fallback.

Of the all the unlikely developments that could occur this NBA offseason, how would this one rank: Cleveland Cavaliers coach . . . Mike Woodson?

Woodson, dropped after six seasons with the Hawks, has been “contacted” by the Cavaliers, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Wonder what LeBron James thinks about this? Or has he already sold his house?

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo remains the first choice of owner Dan Gilbert to replace the fired Mike Brown, but the team also has had a phone conversation with former New Jersey and New Orleans coach Bryon Scott. As for Woodson, here’s an excerpt from the Plain Dealer story:

A league source said the team has made contact with former Hawks coach Mike Woodson and may talk with him further. Woodson coached Atlanta for the past six seasons and led the team to a 53-29 record this past season.

Also, sources indicated the Cavs have interest in talking to Lakers assistant Brian Shaw.

Needless to say, the Cavs have a complex search on their hands if Izzo decides to stay in East Lansing. James’ free agency, of course, being the biggest variable of them all.

I’m sure the Woodson thing is a long shot — it’s possible he could be hired as an assistant — but can we be sure?

For what it’s worth, Cleveland’s new general manager is Chris Grant, who stepped into the position after Danny Ferry’s sudden resignation. Grant is a former assistant under the Hawks’ Billy Knight. Knight hired Woodson but he also tried to fire him during the 2008 season, only to be overruled by Atlanta Spirit owners.

Confused yet?

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61 comments Add your comment

balismith

June 13th, 2010
9:27 am

that would be interesting…….wonder how many Hawks fans would then say i knew we should have kept Woody…..He is a great coach…Hawks blew it again

Jamillion

June 13th, 2010
10:16 am

It would only be the end of the cavaliers. Mike brown nor woody can coach. Being blessed with lebron is a given play off berth. And 4 all of yall not wanting coach drew, what championship coach would you hire? Their aren’t many in the nba and phil has half of them. The hawks got what they neede a coach that a play to the strengths of the players we have and the team we have. The hawks were stuck under individual play under woody’s iso system. And certain talent never got a chance and we all know that. And if woody goes 2 cleveland rejoice. Cuz we know their offense already

UGAgrad05

June 13th, 2010
10:21 am

balismith,

you are insane. That is all.

They hire woody, adios CLeveland/

JSS

June 13th, 2010
10:52 am

The real story is Izzo, it is his job to refuse. He has ties to the opportunity due to the close relationship with Mi. State alumnus Dan Gilbert (the Cavs owner). Byron Scott and Woodson are men being vetted due to due diligence.
http://www.freep.com/article/20100610/SPORTS07/100610095/1355
http://www.detnews.com/article/20100612/SPORTS0202/6120401/1361/Byron-Scott-s-agent—Whatever-decision-Coach-Izzo-makes-will-be-a-good-one-
If Woody wants to but heads with the roster in Cleveland, good luck to him… I think it is a rattlesnakes nest with or without LeBron James being there…

mountain_jim

June 13th, 2010
10:53 am

Thank goodness woodson is gone, is all I can say.

JSS

June 13th, 2010
10:54 am

“Butt” I sent another link awaiting moderation, thanks…

Stotts Era

June 13th, 2010
10:59 am

gawd, i hope this happens

Bangkapi Ajarn

June 13th, 2010
11:03 am

Bangkapi Ajarn

June 13th, 2010
11:04 am

NOW the master plan of the ASG comes clear!! Get Woody into Cleveland, LeBron runs away, and the Hawks gram LeBron using the cash they saved by hiring Woody’s assistant!!
Brillant!!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

June 13th, 2010
11:05 am

WOW, sorry about the typos. Need a new computer, this one doesn’t spell very well, it seems.

Dr. Warren

June 13th, 2010
11:08 am

Being an assistant would be a major step down for Woodson after being a head coach for the past six years, and a winning one for the past two. Sure, he’s no Doc Rivers or Phil Jackson, but I can’t imagine him taking that kind of demotion so quickly.

JeJe

June 13th, 2010
11:09 am

LOL what a joke.

Woodson may be the only coach LESS imaginative than Mike Brown (probably the most overrated/unqualified coach ever to have the success he did in the regular season/some playoff years). Mike Brown depended entirely on LBJ — Woody depended entirely on Joe (who is NOT a superstar).

LOL

tree rollins

June 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Drew seems like a nice guy. So did Lon Kruger and Bobby Weiss back in the day when we got them. I’m glad the Hawks owners are spending money on a nice guy – the players are too! It’s the old “I searched the world over for my next wife and found her in my own upstairs bedroom”. It may sound corny to you but that’s your Atlanta Hawks folks! This team needs to create a local buzz like nobody’s business. Instead, they hired the janitor and chief bottle washer. Good luck Hawks – you’ll need it. But remember – at least you saved a few bucks and we’ll all be able to get cheap seats this year when the Lakers come in.

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

June 13th, 2010
11:18 am

I guess there’s some relief to see that there is another NBA franchise- with a playoff team with a nice regular season record- that doesn’t have a working neuron in the front office.
“Woody” isn’t just a nickname, it was his game strategy.

Vince

June 13th, 2010
11:27 am

Has it ever occurred to anyone that until LeBron takes some responsibilities for his team’s postseason failures, that he won’t win an NBA title?

Mike Jay

June 13th, 2010
11:35 am

Makes perfect sense to me. Give the ball to Lebron and just watch.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
11:57 am

Balismith — “That would be interesting.” I think that sums it up.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
11:57 am

JSS — Released.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
11:58 am

Bangkapi Ajarn — (on typos being the computer’s problem) I feel your pain.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
11:59 am

Dr. Warren — I tend to think his next job will be as an assistant before he gets another head coaching offer, but you can’t predict the whims of 30 owners and general managers.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

Tree Rollins — My personal view is that “buzz” created by hires is very overrated. It lasts only until opening tipoff (or kickoff, or pitch, or faceoff).

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
12:01 pm

Vince — That’s certainly occurred to me, and after this postseason I think more people are starting to believe the same thing.

Hawk n the Ham

June 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

I think Izzo is talking to Lebron behind closed doors. If Lebron tells him he’ll stay in Cleveland, Izzo takes the job. If not, Tom stays where he ‘has it made’.

P. Bull Terrier

June 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

The inside story: Privately, LeBron ranks Woodson as one of his preferred coaches and before the Hawks let Woodson go, LeBron had the Hawks ranked highly on his preferred teams list. Here’s the logic. LeBron is intrigued by Woodson’s Iso-Joe offense and the idea of replacing Joe as the main man in the isolation. Outside Atlanta people see Woodson as a successful coach who took one of the worst teams in the league and built a contender. They see Woodson as the solution, not the problem. Combine LeBron’s interest in the isolation offense, Woodson’s past success, and LeBron’s interest in living in Atlanta, and the only real obstical to bringing LeBron to Atlanta was figuring out how to make it work under the cap rules. Now that the Hawks have let Woodson go, Atlanta is out of the picture for LeBron.

Nice move ASG!

Nerd Furgeson

June 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Tree, I agree, instead of going to Macy’s, the Hawks went to the Goodwill Outlet Store because they’re too @$*# cheap. In other words, same old garbage we’ve dealt with for years as Hawks fans, an ownership more concerned with counting pennies than winning a championship.

bravos

June 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Cleveland will suck next year with Woody! Haha go lebron go! Go to the knicks, bulls, or heat! At least they have good coaches!

Now you see em, now they burnt off!

June 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Would Cleveland require him to shave off his eyebrows?

Hawk n the Ham

June 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

@ Tree Rollins

Sekou Smith has a very high IQ when it relates to basketball and the NBA. For the longest time, he has spoke very high of Larry Drew as a teacher and a coach. If Sekou has been beating the bandwagon for Drew long before Woody got fired, I have to wait with trust that ASG did the right thing.

Sonny Clusters

June 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

Hi Jeff, we was going to blog with you earlier but our ring finger was sore. We know this is a basketball topic but we was noticing how last night Bobby called for the suicide squeeze and Conrad and Blanco pulled it off! We was wondering if a sore finger could be soaked in WD-40 and wrapped and somebody could play with it sore? We was also thinking somebody was 0-4 and didn’t field a ball hit to him and that likely cost Hudson the game. Our finger is feeling better now.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

P.Bull Terrier — That’s pretty funny “inside” information. For what it’s worth, I get the feeling LeBron can be in an “iso” offense without Woodson.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

Now you see ‘em — Actually, Woodson won’t have to shave the eyebrows in Cleveland. They’ll freeze and just fall off.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
12:33 pm

Hawk n the Ham — I have tremendous respect for Sekou, and not just because he’s a good friend of mine. And yes, we have had a few discussions about Larry Drew.

Jeff Schultz

June 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

Sonny Clusters — I happened to turn the Braves game on RIGHT BEFORE the squeeze bunt. I’m sure you also saw Hinske and McCann congratulatin’ him on the call. .. Hope the finger heals.

P. Bull Terrier

June 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

Jeff – Talk about funny. Wait until ESPN picks up my “inside” information and puts it on Sports Center. You heard it here first.

Tech Man

June 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Knowledge is power. The more research the better the decision.

JuniorBridgeman

June 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

Wouldnt that be something if former Hawks coach Mike Woodsen became the head coach of the Cleveland Caviliers and he got to coach LaBron James. I would be exceedingly happy for Mike because I think he got a raw deal in Atlanta. It was apparent to me that Mike made a huge impact to the Hawks during his tenure in Atlanta and then when his Hawks were in a position to take their play to the next level and get past Boston, Cleveland and Orlando and make it to the Finals, the Hawks literally LAYED DOWN AND PLAYED LIKE DOGS allowing Mike Woodsen to take the heat and get fired. The Hawks had the talent to make it ALL THE WAY TO THE FINALS and they played completely listless, uninspired basketball that cost Mike Woodsen his job. The Hawks with the same crew will in all likelihood lay down for the next coach and cost the next guy his job as well also. What the Hawks will need to do now is make the best trades they can to improve the team and rebuild over from scratch. Get rid of this current nucleus because they simply dont care about winning. Get players in here who are inspired and hungry to make it to the finals. If not, then history will repeat itself for the Hawks and they will spin their wheels forever getting nowhere.

GT Alum

June 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

Terrier, wasn’t LeBron basically in an iso offense a few years ago? Then, he whined about how he needed more help when the Cavs lost in the playoffs. I think LeBron’s already learned that he can’t win a title all by himself, and I think he also knows that whatever gaudy numbers he puts up, he has to have multiple rings to get included in the “best of all time” conversation.

If LeBron really thinks like you say he does, then he’s doomed to go through the same difficulties Kobe went through when he didn’t want to share the glory in LA with Shaq.

GT Alum

June 13th, 2010
1:12 pm

JuniorBridgeman, go back and look at what roster changes were made each year and the increase in win total each year. It’s this dog lineup that you think needs to rebuilt that got Woodson his success. It had gotten to the point where he was getting in the way of this team making further progress, and the Hawks were right to fire him. If he becomes the head coach in Cleveland, LeBron will either bail and Cleveland will free-fall, or LeBron will stay, and the Cavs will continue to fail to make the finals.

JuniorBridgeman

June 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

GT Alum: I agree with most of your comments, but it wasnt that Kobe didnt want to share the glory with Shaq. As I saw it, Kobe was very instrumental in helping the Lakers to all 3 of those first 3 titles. For the second and third titles, Kobe was more instrumental in the Lakers getting those titles than Shaq was, yet Shaq was getting more of the credit than Kobe. Shaq got MVP honors in the finals in each of those first 3 titles, yet Kobe was more instrumental than Shaq was. In addition Kobe never got league MVP honors until Shaq was traded away because Shaq was getting those trophies as well. At the end of the third championship Kobe knew then that if he didnt get himself out from behind the shadows of Shaquille O’Neal, then even if Shaq and Kobe got 10 titles together, Shaq would get most of the credit for them and Kobes career would have been ruined. Shaq had been receiving all league MVP honors and finals MVP honors. Shaq would have continued to pile up trophies (hardware) while Kobe would simply been getting pats on the back. Kobe decided enough is enough, lets get rid of Shaq and I must have my own identity and lead my Laker team to glory. Kobe has done just that and Im happy for Kobe because Kobes legacy will be a lot more solid completely extricating himself from Shaquille O’Neal and establish himself (Kobe Bryant) as the greatest talent to ever play basketball in the NBA. Kobe has done just that and it has been Mission Accomplished.

Traci

June 13th, 2010
2:17 pm

@ JR Bridgeman eloquently stated, but all wrong. Kobe Bryant is not the greatest talent to ever play basketball. To give him that honor we would have to eliminate a lot of players that played befor you were even born. I myself am not prepared to throw out the memories of those player and give Kobe the crown. Over the game itself has changed the rules have changed and culturally things have changed. I can’t imagine what it would be like psychologically to have to play on game nite after receiving death threats against yourself and your family because some racist was trying to rattle you. I can’t imagine being the ONLY player of color on the team – and you are not allowed to stay at certain hotels as you travel with the team.
Lastly, I remember players like Bill Russel, Wilt Chamberlin, Magic Johnson, Alex English, George Gervin, David Thompson, Dr. J – heck even a dude called MJ..
These guys in their day were the “greatest since sliced bread” too! – Therefore – KOBE is NOT the greatest talent that EVER PLAYED.

The night The ICE MAN put up 63 points — the other team actually played defense -

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
2:24 pm

Jeff

1) So the Cavs have “contacted” Mike Woodson. Yeah, and the Hawks “contacted” Avery Johnson. I wouldn’t read too much, or too little into it if I’m a Cavs fan (or a Woody fan).

2) I think the real master plan where the coaching was concerned was to avoid firing Woody. Why pay a guy who isn’t working for you (because you fired him), as well as a guy who you now either promoted or brought in from somewhere else? Also, I think the idea of wholesale change of any kind bothers the ASG, hence the settling on Larry Drew. Some familiarity is needed. By the way, that wasn’t the ASG’s master plan (not firing Woody, letting his contract run out). It was Sund’s. The man showed himself to be more credible than Billy Knight with the owners, but he also wasn’t going to come in with his guns blazing. Not with these guys, who are sensitive to quick movements…

3) I find it interesting that ESPN’s Marc Stein says he has been repeatedly told that there are members of the Hawks organization with clout, who wouldn’t cry themselves to sleep if Joe Johnson moved on. Huh…interesting…and perhaps…dare I say it… wise thinking .

4) Yep, Sekou was a fan of Larry Drew’s, so to speak. I’ll take his word on a lot of things, and that was one of them.

5) Four guys that will be under the Post-Woody watch: Jeff Teague, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Marvin Williams. All for different reasons…

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

Kobe isn’t as great as Michael. For one thing, MJ was a greater leader. MJ had his teams on lock-down. Losing focus was not an issue. Finding a means of motivation? Not an issue.

Dennis Rodman was not allowed to be a distraction, so neither would Artest have been. Lamar Odom would not have been so inconsistent, guarantee it. Jordan suffered no fools or their foolishness. He didn’t take plays off. There was no issue of “he might go off tonight.” He decided if he was going to or not. If he did, there was no defending him.

Hoops

June 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

Jeff,

So what you are saying is that the Hawks could trade Woody for LaBron! I’ll go for that move!!!

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
2:27 pm

Above all else, Jordan would defend the hell out of you all game, all series.

Kobe has to remember to play defense sometimes.

GT Alum

June 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

JuniorBridgeman, I have to agree with Traci that your points are eloquently stated but patently wrong. I’ll disagree with you on a different point, though, the one that Kobe had to extricate himself from Shaq.

Kobe had gotten the heir apparent label since he came into the league, and many people noted his contributions when they won their titles together. And Shaq was getting the trophies because Kobe was doing the great things he was doing by playing off Shaq. Having a big man in the post drawing the other defenders in does miraculous things for a wing player’s game.

After Shaq was traded, he helped another very talented wing player win a title. Meanwhile, the Lakers were basically Kobe, Fisher, Odom, and a bunch of other guys and were struggling. It wasn’t until the Lakers put a lot more talent around Kobe (most notably a tall, skilled C) that the Lakers started having success again.

Kobe is 6 years younger than Shaq. If they had been able to coexist together, Kobe would’ve gotten more of the spotlight and become the more central figure in the offense as Shaq became older and less effective. I doubt he would be any less highly regarded now if things had worked out that way than he is now.

Oh, and sorry if I gave the impression that I thought it was all Kobe’s fault Shaq got traded. Both guys had egos that needed to be stroked, and both of them contributed to the situation.

Danny Terrio

June 13th, 2010
2:55 pm

confucius say:”All blogger go to bed with itchy butt wake up with smelly hand”.

S Hawk Fan

June 13th, 2010
3:29 pm

If I were Lebron and they hire Woody I would run………………. And the article said they might be interested in talking with Brian Shaw.I have posted on several sites that I wished the Hawks would look at Shaw! He is rumored to be Phil Jacksons replacement in LA. Surely if he is good enough for the Lakers we should have at leastinterviewed him!
But again we are talking about the ASG!!

Big Ray

June 13th, 2010
4:23 pm

Why bother interviewing somebody who is waiting on the Lakers to hand them the job? Talk about a waste of time…

Reid Adair

June 13th, 2010
4:40 pm

I would be shocked if the Cavaliers hired Mike Woodson. Unless, of course, they lose LeBron James to free agency. Then it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

S Hawk Fan

June 13th, 2010
4:57 pm

Backwards and ignorant thinking to not try to pursue someone just because a class organization might want them as coach! Make them a offer that can’t refuse! Maybe that is too logical for the ASG and some like minded fans!
I own my own company and if I want soemone enough then I at least try to hire them!! Maybe that makes too much sense!