The Cavaliers wanted to make a splash this summer.
But before either player joined Cleveland, the Cavaliers tried to make that splash with their head coach. They turned to the college ranks, where coaches are the stars of programs and carry huge name recognition.
We visited about the job. At no point in time was there any serious discussion about anything. We visited in general but no serious discussions about it or anything like that.
But perhaps the discussions got more serious – at least on one end – than Self admitted.
Brian Windhorst speaking on ESPN:
They offered this job to Bill Self of Kansas. They offered this job to John Calipari at Kentucky and a huge contract, reportedly over $10 million a year. They both said no.
If Self turned down the job, I wonder how much he’s kicking himself now. I’m sure he’s happy at Kansas, which pays him well.
But the chance to coach LeBron is special.
Of course, David Blatt won that lottery, joining the Cavaliers just before LeBron signed. Add Love to a mix that already included Kyrie Irving, and expectations are sky high.
I’m also a bit surprised Self warranted an offer. He deserves consideration, and maybe he’ll jump to the NBA at some point. But given the terrible track record of college-to-pro coaches, I’m hardly sold on Self as an NBA coach. Unless his talks with Cleveland went really well, I wouldn’t have offered him.
I think the Cavaliers came out ahead with Blatt, anyway.