Will the Cavs Recruit Phil Jackson, Coach K?
The Clippers, who fired Kim Hughes as coach as soon as the season ended, haven't even interviewed any candidates yet, waiting to see if the team can parlay its opening into a recruiting tool for James. (As in, B.Y.O.Coach.) Will the Cavs do the same?
I would doubt it. Championship contenders don't let holes stay open too long, and while the Clippers are likely fine with sorting through the leftovers the Cavs shouldn't be. As such, you'd figure the coaching search will begin soon. Luckily, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst, the Cavs are well-prepared, with a list of coaches they'd like to consider. Leading that list: current Lakers coach Phil Jackson and Duke/Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Jackson's contract with the Lakers remains unresolved, and Windhorst reports Cavs owner Dan Gilbert would be happy to pay Jackson what Lakers owner Jerry Buss is balking at. (That'd be $12 million for next season, which is what Jackson earned for this season of work.) Coach K has turned down every previous NBA offer (including one by Kobe Bryant and the Lakers), and either way it'd be insane for Krzyzewski to leave Duke before knowing LeBron's fate.
Two other college coaches -- Kentucky's John Calipari and Michigan State's Tom Izzo -- make the list of candidates, though Windhorst tamps down the James-Calipari relationship. There's also Byron Scott, Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer (who interviewed for the Suns job in 2008) and the whole littany of former NBA head coaches and current assistants. Take a look at Windhorst's piece to see them all.