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January 14, 2015 Updates

All things considered, Monday was — by some sad relative measure — a good day for Blatt. Love could have easily fed the fire, reacting with indignation to the social media fervor that Blatt's comment caused rather than taking the mature approach that he opted for instead. He spoke with his coach about the situation, withholding judgment until he learned of the context (imagine that) and ultimately deeming this a non-story. "(The reaction) is just the way of the world, and it didn't bother me," Love said in bottom-line terms. USA Today Sports

"I don't pay a lot of attention to social media, but I think my comment was either misunderstood or misconstrued," Blatt said after the team's practice at Grand Canyon University. "I was simply saying that with our team he does not have a max contract because we're not allowed to talk to him about anything until after the season was over (when Love can be a free agent). That's where I was going with that. I think that's very unfortunate the way that turn happened. That's the way of the world sometimes I guess I've got to be clearer in my thoughts." USA Today Sports

James raised eyebrows when he shoved Blatt aside while the coach was arguing a call with a referee during the first half of the game at Phoenix. Blatt was upset because of an offensive foul called against James. Some saw it as James trying to prevent Blatt from getting a technical and was eager to get play restarted, meaning James was looking out for his coach. Both Blatt and James say that's exactly what happened. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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But when the Cavaliers started the season, they were said to have a Big 3 -- with James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Take James out of the fold, and what remains is still a Big 2, is it not? "Kev's not a max player yet, is he?" Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Sunday night. That comment -- "Kev's not a max player yet" -- had Blatt trending on Twitter last night. Cleveland Plain Dealer

For Blatt's part in this whole mess, he doesn't have to go too far within the basketball community to find a long line of sympathizers. Offensively, scouts who watch the Cavaliers say that plays are routinely broken and disarray abounds in such a way that it's tough to judge a system that isn't always being trusted. Defensively, the reality is that the roster — at least for now — has a serious dearth of players who have ever shown much ability to defend (as the season-ending Achilles tendon injury to Anderson Varejao certainly hurts here as well). USA Today Sports

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Twice while James spoke with reporters upon his rival at The Q, James mentioned Blatt favorably, unsolicited. Once, he spoke in a positive manner about Mozgov's relationship with Blatt, whom Blatt coached for the Russian Olympic team. The second time, James was talking bigger picture about the Cavs' new team. "Once we see our pieces on the floor, coach Blatt, the coaching staff (will) do a great job putting guys together, seeing what lineups, what pieces work together well," he said. It's a long way from James saying of Blatt: "What other coach do we have?" And, "I don't pay no bills around here." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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