It turns out Tom Izzo wasn't the only 'big name' to get a call from the Cavaliers regarding their coaching job this summer. Boston Celtics great Larry Bird, currently running the front office for the Indiana Pacers, was also conteacted about the position - this according toe ESPN.com.
Bird did take the call, sources said, but quickly informed the Cavs that he had no interest in coaching again. Sources said Bird, 53, let Cleveland know that he wants to continue his in his front-office work with the Pacers and that he has all but ruled out coaching again because of health and family reasons.
The Cavaliers were surely looking high and low in an attempt to keep LeBron James. Byron Scott was eventually named the Cavaliers coach on July 2, a few days before LeBron James left for Miami.
The Cavaliers open up the 2010 preseason tonight at The Q against Charlotte.