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February 13, 2015 Updates

LeBron James, who led all scorers with 31 points but did not have his best night, was asked about Blatt's growth as coach. "Well, I mean he's grown for sure," James said. "I mean, he's a rookie coach, just like a rookie player, every month you kind of get better and better and better and that's what he's been doing." James said more about Blatt, and we'll get to what he said momentarily. But "rookie coach" deserves further discussion. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavs' players view Blatt as a rookie; Blatt believes his pedigree as a coach in Israel and Europe (where he won championships and a bronze medal for Team Russia at the 2012 Olympics) should count for something. There's the rub. It took a few months for things to begin to iron out, and the process is ongoing. "For our team, he's been great," James continued. "He communicates great, he pays attention to details, as players we just try to go out and whatever he wants us to do we try to implement it at a high level. "Every day is a learning experience for himself as well, just being his first year in the NBA, and I think he's handled it well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 7, 2015 Updates

Blatt was obviously irked by the calls, too, but tried to avoid the fine as well. “This is a very, very professional and great league and the people that need to look at those things will look at them and will educate,” he said. “I think that’s a case where there should be some education.” Akron Beacon Journal

February 5, 2015 Updates
February 3, 2015 Updates

Cavs first-year Coach David Blatt, who drew criticism last month for saying Love wasn't a max player yet – a reference to Love's contract, Blatt later said, not his ability – praised Love for fitting in. "He's averaging a double-double," Blatt said. "If you want to compare him to last year's numbers, maybe there's a difference. But that is still pretty good production for anyone, anywhere. He's doing that on a team where there are other players with the same type of capability in one respect or another. I think what he's doing is actually quite special. USA Today Sports

Said Love: "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't an adjustment. I'm trying to find different ways to be as efficient as possible. It's something I prided myself on here. There are different ways for me to affect the game. I'm still figuring that out on this team. We still have 35-plus games left. That will continue to evolve and change and get better." Love struggled to pinpoint the best way to judge his season. "I don't know how to answer that. I don't really know," he said. "I came to the Cavaliers to win basketball games, and we're doing that now." USA Today Sports

February 2, 2015 Updates

"First of all, he's the greatest player in our game," Cleveland coach David Blatt said last week, as he began to make his case for James as MVP. "You don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing. Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team. Obviously, if we look at our own example, then you're looking at an MVP player in every respect, which is not news to anyone." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 28, 2015 Updates

Now Cavs coach David Blatt believes it's time for the narrative surrounding LeBron James' campaign to change as well. Specifically, Blatt wants to know why James' name doesn't appear in the MVP conversation more often. "That's just kind of funny, to be honest with you," Blatt said before the Pistons game. "First of all, he's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever. And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing." ESPN.com

Now the million-dollar question: Is Love worthy of being an All-Star this year? "Yes, I think so," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "...Kevin from his position is averaging a double-double while sacrificing some of his own individual game to help the team win and be successful. So yeah, you can certainly make a case for that. Absolutely." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 25, 2015 Updates
January 21, 2015 Updates

And as Cleveland fans worry that Blatt isn't using his roster properly, Israelis are proudly sticking behind him. Boston-born Blatt, 55, remains one of the country's most beloved figures, thanks to his winning history as a coach in his adopted homeland and national pride in his making it big time. "It means a lot from two perspectives: Number one, I can do something for the people in Israel, and number two, I can do something about bringing seven million new fans to the Cavaliers," Blatt said Monday night after a third straight win put the Cavaliers at 22-20. "I've been very fortunate, we had a great deal of success in Israel the last several years, so people are positive about this and about me and I've got Bron and Kevin and Kyrie and they love the NBA over there so it's a natural tie-in, and it's great." NBA.com

His roots in Israel remain deep. He's married to an Israeli woman, Kinneret, and raised his four children here, with the oldest two having completed their military service. He speaks fluent, albeit American-accented, Hebrew and is a popular pitchman for TV ads who has professed a desire to one day serve as an ambassador for the country. An economic newspaper recently reported Blatt just purchased a pair of high-rise Tel Aviv apartments. NBA.com

January 18, 2015 Updates

Regardless of what they say now, the idea of parting ways with Blatt was absolutely discussed internally. But the organization dug in its heels and refused to cave to James. For months, I wrote and said on the radio that Erik Spoelstra always had the backing of Pat Riley, even in James’ earliest and orneriest days. I questioned (doubted?) whether Cavs owner Dan Gilbert would show Blatt that same support. To this point, to the surprise of many, he has. Akron Beacon Journal

Griffin’s passionate speech was an enormous risk. The Cavs lost six straight after that, with mixed levels of motivation and effort, and I wondered if Griffin inadvertently put a grenade in his own hand. After all, Gilbert has made emotional, reactionary decisions in the past. How could Griffin salvage any credibility now if Gilbert changes his mind? “I never would’ve said what he said,” one rival front office executive said in the days after Griffin’s bold move. “They would’ve had to fire me first.” Akron Beacon Journal

One respected NBA assistant coach even called here to insist Cleveland already had spoken to Mark Jackson about taking the reins, though Cavaliers sources vehemently denied the claim and were speculating on the source of the rumor. That aside, nothing short of winning — and winning big — is going to cool Blatt’s chair. LeBron James has missed nine games, Anderson Varejao is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon and general manager David Griffin’s trades have altered the rotation. Boston Herald

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