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Izzo tried to conduct business as usual at his camp, joking and giving the boys a sense of what the week would be like. "Our motto is: Learn to listen and listen to learn."
He used a few of his current players and a couple former ones to run the team's motion offense.
"The NBA does a great job of spacing," said Izzo, who made more than one reference to the league.
After Izzo sent the campers off to other gyms, he spoke to his wife, Lupe, for a few minutes. She later left in her car after waving to reporters and walking past a few of "WE (heart) IZZO" signs that were planted just outside her husband's office, as well as along the roads the Izzos take from their home to campus.
While the Cavs wait for Izzo, they're working on what seems to be Plan B.
Grant spoke by phone last week to Byron Scott, a former New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets coach. Scott fits the profile of the kind of coach Gilbert wants. But the three-time NBA champion guard for the Lakers could be waiting to see if Phil Jackson leaves Los Angeles. Scott's agent, Brian McInerney, has deferred all inquiries to the Cavs.
If Izzo leaves Michigan State, the list of possible successors likely would include Dayton's Brian Gregory, Tulsa's Doug Wojcik, Utah's Jim Boylen -- all once assistants under Izzo -- along with current Michigan State assistants Mark Montgomery and Dwayne Stephens. Both played for the Spartans when Izzo was a relatively unknown assistant for Jud Heathcote.
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