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This was the big time, Maccabi Tel Aviv putting down CSKA Moscow and then Real Madrid to capture the 2014 Euroleague championship. Nelson, the Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations, kept an eye on the fellow working the Maccabi sideline even though, in Rick Carlisle, the Mavs are all set in the coaching department. "David Blatt is my hero," Nelson said last week about Blatt, one of those 30-year overnight sensations who will be an NBA rookie for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. "Here's a guy who really cut his teeth the hard way. If you look at his success, there's probably a handful, if that, of coaches who have worked overseas who could step into a job here. But he is definitely one of them. "I was sitting there on scouts row, telling someone, 'If it was me, David Blatt would be on my 'A' list.' And then coincidentally, he was hired like [a month] later." NBA.com

"Certainly I feel that I do represent European coaches and European basketball, because that's where I've come from," the married father of four said. "But don't forget, I grew up and learned the game in the United States. I left at the age of 22, got experience in coaching and had great interaction with a lot of great players both here and over there. "So I've got to be honest with you, I don't think I was hired because I was a European coach. I think I was hired because I'm a good basketball coach. You know what I mean?" NBA.com

After turning the ball over 19 times against the Knicks led to 26 points for New York -- turnovers Blatt called "irresponsible" and "borderline inexcusable" -- the Cavs cut that number to just 12 against Chicago. Blatt also told the team he wanted more ball movement, as well as player movement, on offense going forward. "Fiery and to the point," one source told ESPN.com when asked to characterize the meeting. "[Blatt] was very direct with the group about the expectations and what we need to do day in and day out." ESPN.com

"Today in our meeting, we said we have to play better than the way we played last night," Anderson Varejao said. "We have to play harder, tougher, and that's what we did tonight." Blatt said his team "kind of dropped off the map" after its initial emotional surge against the Knicks. He demanded a more sustained effort from the group. "There are some things that have nothing to do with X's and O's," Blatt said. "That's a good part of what we were talking about, and there were other things that were very, very basketball related and we addressed those as well. I don't know exactly the numbers, but I'm sure we were 70 or 80 percent in 50/50 balls tonight." ESPN.com

When Blatt entered the locker room, Irving handed him the game ball and the rest of team along with the coaching staff circled around him shaking his hand, messing up his hair, congratulating him on his first NBA win. Blatt has won over 600 games during his professional coaching career and now he can add the supreme level to his coaching resume. "We're all just happy for him," Shawn Marion told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "We wish we could have done it for him the other night, but you can tell he was very happy so it's all good." Cleveland Plain Dealer

One area the Celtics don't have questions about is on the sideline. Brad Stevens impressed NBA-types with his calm demeanor -- think the anti-Rick Pitino -- and solid play calling last season. Entering his second year, the former Butler coach said he feels far more comfortable than he did a year ago. “Offensively, defensively, I was playing different than I ever had before,” Stevens told SI.com. “The first time you do that, you usually are not coaching the Celtics. The biggest adjustment for me was the schedule. You can implement things at a slower rate in college. You have to implement things quickly and own them here. That’s the way we are approaching it this year. We are trying to implement it and then fix the things that need to be fixed.” Sports Illustrated

October 31, 2014 Updates

The Magic today also announced the hiring of several positions to complete the Erie BayHawks coaching staff for this season. The new hires include assistant coaches Anthony Goldwire and Nate Babcock, head athletic trainer Mark Mahoney, strength and conditioning coach Sheldon Dunlap, coach’s associate Reggie King, and interns Tanner Massey and Ryan Pannone. NBA.com

As the season unfolds, the Klutch Sports client most are watching closest is deposed Golden State coach Mark Jackson. He has bounced agent to agent in his brief coaching career, but landing with Paul raised the suspicions of Jackson’s motives: Does Jackson think Paul can simply wedge him into the Cavaliers’ job? Most believe that James is too smart to ever want a coach who spends far more time retweeting Twitter praise for himself than preparing his basketball team, but Jackson shouldn’t be underestimated as one of the sport’s great self-promoters. And make no mistake: If the Cavaliers struggle, it won’t be James and Kevin Love taking the blame. It’ll be coach David Blatt, who understands – even embraces – the burden. Yahoo! Sports

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

October 28, 2014 Updates

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

Popovich, the ultimate no-nonsense coach, did not set out to make a statement, only to bolster his staff. "Honestly, I didn't realize it was gonna be this big of a deal," he said. "People kind of went crazy, like we've saved the world from fascism or something," he added, chuckling. "It was much more important to reward her—for who she is, what she's done and what I believe she can do, than worry about the reaction of people." Bleacher Report

After 16 years in the pros, first with the New York Liberty, then the San Antonio Stars, Hammon's bona fides are well established. "She impressed me," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. "Because of her size. She wasn't the fastest. You could tell she could find a way to become important. Even if she wasn't shooting great one day, but she was smart, one step ahead. The type of player that usually becomes coaches." Bleacher Report

October 27, 2014 Updates

"You sit in this seat, very quickly, you realize you're going to have to coach a lot of different teams, a lot of different personalities," Spoelstra said. "One year to the next, even if you bring back the same guys, it has a completely different feel. This is the nature of this business. And the way it is, even now, teams are changing much quicker than they were 10, 15 years ago. So the whole coaching profession is a little bit more like college and high school, where it turns over, it changes, and your philosophy and how you have to adjust becomes much quicker. That's the life we chose. So we dove into this challenge pretty quickly. I've been here for going on my 20th year, and we've had so many different styles of basketball. You just realize that that's how this business is." NBA.com

October 26, 2014 Updates

Another one of Phil Jackson’s ex-players is joining the Knicks The team has hired former Chicago Bull Craig Hodges as an assistant coach on the Westchester Knicks, the organization’s D-League affiliate, according to league sources. Hodges will join head coach Kevin Whitted’s staff. He is the latest former player of Jackson’s to join the Knicks. Jackson has also hired Derek Fisher (head coach), Kurt Rambis (assistant coach), Jim Cleamons (assistant coach) and Clarence Gaines (personnel executive). Jackson also signed and waived ex-Laker Lamar Odom. ESPN.com

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