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January 17, 2015 Updates

Obviously, that approach won't work in the NBA unless one has a resume highlighted with a few NBA championships. In an interview with Northeast Ohio Media Group, Blatt elaborated on the notion that he's not operating as he did in years past. "There are different things, but does that mean that I'm personally different?" Blatt asked NEOMG. "I don't think so. It's a different game and a different environment and naturally there are going to be things that I will have to adjust to." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The play was to find Irving at the top of the key, but the Clippers were overplaying him. James instead zipped a pass to a cutting Tristan Thompson who finished a layup and was fouled. James immediately looked at the coaching staff and pointing in their direction as if he was commending them for drawing up such a beautiful, effective play. It was the first time James has outwardly shown any level of satisfaction or gratitude towards Blatt. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 16, 2015 Updates

Hearing about the discord between coach David Blatt and LeBron James for the past week, I noticed some interesting interactions on the sidelines between the two. I took these videos during timeouts. It sure looks to me like James is not paying attention to Blatt and is clearly disengaged. During some of the huddles he is staring into the distance, is 10 feet removed from the rest of the team, and even walks away from Blatt to the other side of the court, nowhere near his teammates. SheridanHoops

There was little to no interaction between LBJ and Blatt. With a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Cavs made a miraculous comeback to tie it up from trailing by as many as 18, and while Blatt was drawing up a play, LBJ cut him off and took over the huddle. I don’t have an agenda here. I’m simply reporting what I saw. You be the judge. SheridanHoops

Don’t cry too many tears for ousted Kings coach Mike Malone, who was fired by Sacramento a month ago. “The Kings probably did him a favor,” one general manager told Sporting News. “They let him go with his reputation intact. He was doing a good job there, and his resume is going to show it. If he stayed on in a situation where he had problems with the owner or whoever, things might have gone South on him, but this way, he is going to be a pretty good commodity.” Sporting News

Indeed, league sources indicate that Malone will remain a top-notch candidate for a head coaching job. His one problem might be strictly one of numbers—around the league, the consensus is that this will be a light year for coaching changes. Sporting News

The Cavs' associate head coach, Lue, had been a finalist for the head coaching job before the Cavs hired Blatt. And it was with Blatt's full support that the Cavs subsequently went out and made Lue the highest-paid assistant in the NBA -- luring him away from Doc Rivers' bench in Los Angeles with money and title. Blatt was completely unthreatened by Lue, according to a league source, and didn't care what title the Cavs had to give Lue to get him to come aboard. "Just get him here," he'd said. CBSSports.com

Blatt has clearly been stung by the criticisms and some of the reports. The part about Tyronn Lue calling timeouts from the bench really struck a nerve, since Blatt ripped it as “nonsense” Thursday morning and alluded to it again after the game. Akron Beacon Journal

Lue's agent of record is longtime coaching agent Lonnie Cooper, but insiders in the coaching business believe it's only a matter of time before he reunites with the agent who represented him as a player, Andy Miller. Incidentally, Miller is known in league circles to represent another Cavs assistant, former Bucks coach Larry Drew. (Player agents are not permitted under National Basketball Association by-laws to represent coaches or management, but that hasn't stopped nearly all the top agencies from doing it in some form or another -- while the union continues to turn a blind eye.) CBSSports.com

"You know ... I'm just so tired of all this personal stuff," Blatt said when asked how he was handling the criticism. "I'm a coach of a basketball team, and we're all a part of this. A lot of things have been said, and most of them unfairly, not truly depicting the situation. We've been struggling. I readily admit it. (But) within the team, things are fine. Guys are working hard. Guys are very, very much listening and attentive. And you know, we're not out of the mud yet, but we're going to be because we're going to get our team fully stocked and we're moving in the right direction. And all that other stuff, the personal (stuff), I really don't think about it. I don't listen to it, and I don't worry about it." USA Today Sports

January 15, 2015 Updates

Blatt picked his coaching staff, but he and his assistants are also getting to know each other. He does not have a longtime confidante on his staff. Though Blatt told news reporters Thursday the coaching staff is fine, it's fact that lead assistant Tyronn Lue interviewed for the job Blatt has. USA Today Sports

One current NBA head coach said he’s never heard of an assistant calling for a timeout. “And if one of my guys did it," he said, "I’d kill him." Akron Beacon Journal

Former Sacramento coach Mike Malone was at practice today and will travel with the team on the rest of this trip. He coached Williams at Cleveland, knows Martin and he walked out of practice today chatting with Thaddeus Young. Saunders said he's done that before with other coaches who have been fired because "the first three days you get 120 calls. Everyone tells you how great you are and two weeks later, no one talks to you." Saunders said he invited Malone to come down and travel with the team and he accepted. "It's good to have him and it's something hopefully that will help him, too," Saunders said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt took offense to an ESPN report stating that his assistant, Tyronn Lue, has been calling timeouts behind his back. "That's a lot of nonsense and I think it's kind of cheap, to be honest with you," Blatt said before his team took the floor for shootaround on the campus of UCLA. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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