HoopsHype David Blatt rumors

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While former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach and Framingham native David Blatt was hired on Friday as coach of the Cavaliers, an NBA source said that hire is not going to attract LeBronJames to consider returning to Cleveland. The source said the Cavaliers would “lose any real chance” at signing James, who has until June 30 to opt out of his contract with the Heat and become a restricted free agent. Boston Globe

Former Celtics assistant Tyronn Lue was also a strong candidate for the position and the source said the Cavaliers would have had a better chance recruiting James with Lue at the helm. Lue is close to getting an NBA head coaching job just three years after joining the Celtics as part of Doc Rivers’s staff. Boston Globe

June 21, 2014 Updates

"To me it's almost comical we're making a big deal about the adjustment for Dave," said Anthony Parker, the former Cavaliers player and current Orlando scout who played for Blatt in Israel. "There's not as big a deal made about Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher adjusting. This is a guy who has coached for 20 years. He's been a head coach. He's been in games in the Olympics and pressure situations. Maccabi is a high-pressure job to take on. It's not the NBA, but it's not nothing in terms of the pressure to win. I think that's not going to be an issue." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Along with Blatt's game strategy comes an intelligent, humorous personality that players have found easy to connect to. "He's a player's coach," said Steve Mills, the New York Knicks general manager who was Blatt's backcourt mate at Princeton. "I think he holds players accountable, but he understands things from a player's perspective." Said Holden: "He's not one of those coaches where you step off the court and say, 'Man, I'm glad I don't have to see him until tomorrow.' We've all had those kinds of coaches. He's not like that all. He's a guy you can laugh with. You can sit at the front of the bus with him and talk about movies with him." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Now the 55-year-old Princeton grad is the Cavs’ head man and the first coach to make the jump from the Euroleague to the NBA, after about a dozen coaches interviewed or were contacted about the post, and not one felt it was worth it to get involved with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert. His deal is for four years and could be worth as much as $20 million. “Wait till Blatt gets lectured and scolded by Gilbert,” said one source, citing the owner’s management style. “But wait till Gilbert finds out that Blatt will yell right back.” New York Daily News

June 20, 2014 Updates

Jason Lloyd: Spoke to former #Cavs guard Anthony Parker for 30 minutes tonight about David Blatt. He spent 27 of those raving about his former coach. Anthony Parker on #Cavs David Blatt: "He’s the best coach I ever played for." Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

Beno Udrih: Congrats to #DavidBlatt on head coaching job with the Cavs...been my coach back in the days in Europe!!Well deserved! He is a great coach!! Twitter @BenoUdrih1

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