Links to The Present: June 15, 2010

June 15th, 2010 by Tom Pestak

“Izzo mulled the decision for more than a week and for five days after a visit to Cleveland last Thursday. All along, sources said a major hangup was Izzo’s inability to get a sense from LeBron James what his future would be. James, wanting to stay out of the process, is not believed to have discussed the job with Izzo.” [Brian Windhorst]

“Although it doesn’t rise to the level of experiencing a divorce (at least, for most people!), his potential departure does feel like losing a friend or family member for many whose closets include many No. 23 Cavs jerseys.”  McConnell refers to a recent poll that rated Cleveland as the nation’s most miserable city and says James’ return would help boost our self-esteem.  Writes McConnell, “In short, Cleveland (right or wrong) has endured considerable blows to its collective self-esteem over many years. Once again, psychological research has shown that when people take hits to their self-esteem, they try to find ways to restore it. Sometimes, those responses can be antisocial (e.g., the drunk who starts a bar fight following an insult), but in the case of Cleveland, Cavs fans have been able to be buoyed by a successful hometown talent in James.”  [Mary Schmitt Boyer - PD]

“Gilbert knew finding Brown’s replacement would be difficult. He said it would be ideal to have a coach in place by July 1, but that may be unrealistic. The draft is next week, and although the Cavs don’t currently have a pick, they’ve been shopping around to obtain one.

They’ve also talked to several teams about possible trades, hoping to upgrade their roster and make it more appealing to James.” [AP]