Why this is different
Five-star shooting guard Josh Langford, who is No. 13 overall in the ESPN 100, has committed to coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State as we were the first to report on our twitter account. He has said the right things and this time Michigan State will have their five star recruit remain committed to the green and white.
“I did a lot of praying and consulting with God about it. Michigan State had been there since I was a freshman,” Langford said. “I just felt a connection with head coach Tom Izzo more than any other coach I talked to on the phone or spoke with in person.” This above quote is just one of many that tells a different story than the last time Michigan State received a verbal commitment from a five star recruit. Fans from other schools will refer to the below quotes as evidence to contrast our belief that Langford will remain committed to Michigan State.
On April 10th 2015 five-star recruit Caleb Swanigan tweeted, “Next year I will be going Michigan State University. Once a spartan. Always a Spartan”. Three weeks later Caleb implied that nothing has changed since then. “I’m 100 percent,” Swanigan said of his commitment to the Spartans.” He continued to say, “Everything’s been going well,” Swanigan said. “I talk to Izzo probably every three or four days and text with (assistant coach Dwayne Stephens). … General (conversation) about how it’s going to be when I’m on campus.” Caleb ended saying, ““Just pretty much (my) past with Izzo and how he’s been able to work with players and make them better,” Swanigan said. “Go there and you have a chance at a national championship.” Now listen to Langford’s quotes below.
“Cassius Winston, I have to get his number,” said Langford, “Miles (Bridges), I’m gonna start recruiting those guys right now.” He continued to say, “I just feel like the family atmosphere is something that is unreal,” Langford said “They were more real than any other schools have been. I did a lot of praying and talking to God and just felt like it was the best fit for me as a basketball player and as a young man.” Langford finished by saying, “I believe in God and he leads you to the right things I feel like he led me to Michigan State,” Langford said. I did a lot of praying and I just felt like it was right place for me to go. They had been recruiting me since my freshman year that helps as well.” “It’s a great relationship,” he said. “I felt like he was already my coach. The relationship is great. We talk a lot on the phone and we’ve talked forever.”
If you haven’t noticed that many of Langford’s quotes are very similar. He references his faith in God that led him to Michigan State, he mentions the family atmosphere that Tom Izzo has created and has maintained at Michigan State, and his comments on reaching out to other recruits all all positive signs of him staying committed to Michigan State and coach Izzo. We have coined the hashtag #TheClass to signify that this will be Michigan State’s best recruiting class ever for these group of men in the 2016 graduating class. And there are these quotes to prove our point.
“Once I’m in, I’m all in,” said Langford, “I’m not the kind of person who would ever go back on a commitment; I don’t believe in that. I want this (recruiting) all to be over so I can focus on my senior season and college.” This quote is really what separates him from Caleb Swanigan even though Caleb was very positive about Michigan State before his commitment to another Big Ten school. We know what you are thinking, what about others influencing Langford’s decisions like with what happened to Caleb. Here is our response to that question.
Tellus Langford, Joshua’s father called Travis Walton, Zach Randolph, Gary Harris’s father, etc. because he wanted to know what it really was like to play for Tom Izzo. Tellus said, “I talked to a lot of people — I mean, I did my investigation to a ‘T’ and there was not one person who could say anything negative about the program,” Tellus continued to say, “Coach Izzo has this great love-hate relationship with his players: He coaches those guys hard, he pushes them hard, but they all come back. Everyone talks about family, but at Michigan State, it’s a real thing.”
Are you still not convinced that Langford is not 100% all in? Langford said, “At other schools, the game will be over, and guys will break into different groups. At Michigan State, everyone is together, and I think that’s a big reason they made the Final Four last year. Talent-wise, it didn’t look like they would make it that far, but a lot of it was about how they were off the court.”
But what about his dedication and his work ethic?
“I think coach Izzo can make me a great defender. I think I will be able to guard 1 through 4 in college. I want to be great and I’m self-motivated, but I know Michigan State will push me.” Langford said.
We can keep on giving you more and more quotes but just trust us on this. #TheClass that already includes, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford will have two more players join them. Stay tuned because this will be the best class of talented players that Michigan State has ever had.
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Why this is different
Who will be the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavilers?
John Beilein? The 62 year head coach of the University of Michigan is a strong possibility. It is no secret as it has been heavily publicized that there is a feud between Lebron James and Cavaliers head coach David Blatt. The owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers with strong ties to the state of Michigan and a track recorded of going after veteran college coaches as was the case a couple of years ago with his pursuit of Tom Izzo could be looking at John Beilein to be the Cavs new head coach.
University of Michigan Head coach John Beilein would be an ideal fit for Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beilein is the only active collegiate coach to have achieved 20-win seasons at four different levels and a switch to the NBA would be a smooth transition. Beilein is not only considered one of the best X’s and O’s coaches in all of college basketball but that of any coach at any level. He has put multiple players into the NBA were they have been successful and he being a veteran coach would get the attention of Lebron James who is clearly asking Cavs management for a quality veteran coach to replace David Blatt. Beilein makes approximately $1.9 million annually which would allow the Cavs to easily be able to afford to pay him to leave the University of Michigan.
However, there is a “but”. John Beilein from all accounts and from what is said in inner circles loves coaching at the University of Michigan. Like Izzo and his wiliness to stay at Michigan State, it would take a lot of convincing to get John Beilein to leave Ann Arbor for Cleveland. Only time will tell, so stay tuned.
Quick (actually longer) introduction:
Michael Jordan couldn’t win anything with Doug Collins as his head coach or against elite completion in the 1980’s with the superior L.A. Lakers, Detroit Pistons, and Boston Celtics teams beating the Bulls time and time again. Jordan needed Phil Jackson, arguably one of the best head coaches of all time and a very week 1990’s collection of NBA players to win his 6 NBA Championships. Even when an elite team emerged in the 90’s such as the Houston Rockets, Jordan was playing minor league baseball not competing for another NBA title. Lebron James has been coached by Erik Spoelstra, David Blatt, and Mike Brown and company. Do I dare say more? Lebron played against arguably the most consistent, best coached, and most balanced basketball championship dynasty in the San Antonio Spurs. Lebron James has played against more skilled, faster, and definitely more athletic and versatile players than Jordan did against the likes of John Stockton and Penny Hardaway. Michael Jordan played in an era with bulky un-athletic big men and guards without left hands who couldn’t shoot nearly as well as shooting guards today. Hand-checking was the norm and Jordan received plenty of calls and they even named it the fouls he received time and time again the Jordan Rules. Lebron gets nearly tackled in overtime of the NBA finals and doesn’t even get a whistle.
Now Here is the Breakdown of Information on why Lebron James is better than Michael Jordan and is the best player ever:
Jordan had more talent around him than Lebron
Michael Jordan for the vast/majorty part of his career had far superior talent playing alongside him then Lebron James. I know that Lebron had Chris Bosh and an aging/often injured/past his prime Dwayne Wade as his teammates but do people forget that Scottie Pippen is one of the top 50 players of all time in the NBA? Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and company made Michael Jordan’s life a lot easier.
Lebron can guard the 1,2, 3, and 4, Jordan couldn’t
Michael Jordan used his speed and athleticism to shut down opposing perimeter players. Lebron James is just as athletic and is more than capable of dominating almost any opposing player from point/shooting guards to power forwards. An example is Lebron could guard Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, and Larry Bird well. Jordan could not, though Jordan could guard a very well at the 2 and 3 spot in most cases.
Lebron on offense can play the 1, 2, 3, and 4 very well
Lebron in comparison to Jordan in this context is simple. Lebron plays point guard, Jordan needed the B.J. Armstrong and company. Lebron can start on 75% of the NBA’s teams rosters as a power forward, Jordan could not. The only other legit comparison is Magic Ervin Johnson and that is most likely is because Magic is a Spartans, and Spartans can do almost anything.
James is a Better Passer/Distributor
James has averaged nearly 7 assists per game for his career, while Jordan averaged 5.3 assists per game. Lebron James is a better passer, and he makes his teammates better. James is better able to involve his teammates in the game and move the ball around to be more efficient on offense.
Lebron James is a better Teammate
Jordan was quoted as essential using fear to make his teammates better. This is the lesson that Kobe Bryant took from MJ but no one really likes Kobe as a teammate wear MJ’s teammates more than less liked him. Then there is Lebron James who is well known to use encouragement and shows his trust in his teammates by passing them the ball throughout the game in order to instill confidence in them. Lebron installs a more sense of family with his teammates and that is not debatable.
Lebron Risked More of the Court
Lebron James takes more risks of the court by taking stands on controversial issues. This has nothing to do with him better a better basketball player than Michael Jordan but this has to be brought up for all of the kids growing up in the 90’s who thought that Jordan was a choir boy who could walk on water because he was such a good role model for America’s youth. Many people forget that The Decision (2010) raised several million dollars for charity, including $2.5 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Rather you like Lebron’s social or poltical stands is one thing, but at least he does take a stand unlike Jordan. Lebron James said, “I think it’s a very important election for everyone, (when he decided to publicly support Barack Obama)” James said. “Everyone, they talk about having a right to vote. Just don’t talk about it, actually go out and do it. And let your voice be heard, and I’m happy to be in the position I am.” On the other hand, there’s an old political story about Michael Jordan, in which he reportedly turned down the opportunity to support Democrat Harvey Gantt in the 1990 North Carolina Senate race. His reasoning? “Republicans buy shoes, too.” Know once should care if Michael Jordan or Lebron James are Republicans, Democrats, or Independents politically. It is just reassuring that professional athletes like Lebron would take a stand even if it meant that some people what not buy his shoes for example because of a political stance.
Lebron James is a Better Rebounder
Jordan averaged 6.2 rebounds per game in his career, while Lebron is averaging nearly seven and a half per game. James has superior size and strength, it’s easy to see why he is a better rebounder.
Simply, Lebron James is a more complete player all-around
LeBron has nearly 50 career triple doubles (third all-time). Jordan had 27 of them in his career. Lebron is only 30 and he can play til his 40 if he eventually switches to the power forward position when he gets into his late 30’s.
Jordan as of now has more NBA Championships than Lebron, who cares!
If that is the case, Bill Russell has 11 championships so he clearly must be the best ever. Robert Horry has 7, one more than Michael Jordan, does that automatically make him better than Jordan and James? No! Just stop it already…….
Some other fun facts in case you’re still not convinced:
*The Miami Heat without LeBron James missed the playoffs this season. The Bulls without Jordan made the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
*After 15 seasons in the league, LeBron James will still be dominating the competition (next year is his 13th in the league). Michael Jordan retired after his 15th.
* LeBron James has been to the same number of NBA Finals as Michael Jordan (6) with another 10 seasons ahead of him.
Lebron James is down three games to two in the NBA Finals and he is clearly the NBA Final MVP.