HoopsHype David Blatt rumors

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For years in Europe, people could count upon Blatt to speak out on social issues and politics and the Middle East. Everything's changed for him, and Blatt hasn't come back to the States to tell everyone how he sees the world, how it's all changed. This job's too important, his burden's too big. "I haven't tempered my opinions, but I've lowered my voice," Blatt told Yahoo. "Listen, I work in an organization that has a wide fan base that I have to respect, that I should respect, and a team and a global vision here that doesn't necessarily lend itself to any incendiary or out-of-the-box opinions. And that's OK. "I still express my opinion, but I don't have to do it publicly on the pages of Cavs.com." Yahoo! Sports

Blatt is making $3 million to coach the Cavs this year, way more than they pay in the Adriatic League where he's spent most of the last 20 years. But at times it probably seems like it's not nearly enough. "I don't take all the credit for anything," Blatt said. "I'd like not to take all the blame for everything, but that's part of my job so I have to do that." ESPN.com

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"I wish people would make more of (his lack of turnovers) than the 34-point game with no assists game that everybody talks about all the time," Blatt said. "How many point guards in the world do you know that play four games and have one per game? That's an amazing stat. Kyrie is making good decisions, understanding how to feed off other players as well as feed others. He's a great basketball player." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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

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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

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in both points (22) and assists (seven), but pointed to his four turnovers as proof that he needs to work with coach David Blatt in executing the plays that are being called. "For us, it's just a better communication between me and Coach Blatt," Irving said. "That's basically what it boils down to. I'm his point guard out there, and some things that I see, you know, he has plays in his mind and I have plays in my mind as well. "We're just going to continue to grow. It's a process. Within practice, we kind of switch on and off [calling the plays], but for us it's about what's going on out there on the court and what he sees and what I see, and hopefully we can get on the same page pretty soon." ESPN.com

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt suggested the 39.5 minutes per game LeBron James is averaging for his career would be too many for the team's superstar this season, at least in the early going. "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said following practice Sunday. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Head coach David Blatt was asked about Waiters’ rapid field goal attempts and the coach paused, making sure he chose his words carefully before responding. “I was thinking about that at halftime, actually,” Blatt said. “Remember that we didn’t play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that’s what he does. “I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will.” NBCSports.com

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