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January 16, 2015 Updates

There was little to no interaction between LBJ and Blatt. With a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Cavs made a miraculous comeback to tie it up from trailing by as many as 18, and while Blatt was drawing up a play, LBJ cut him off and took over the huddle. I don’t have an agenda here. I’m simply reporting what I saw. You be the judge. SheridanHoops

The Cavs' associate head coach, Lue, had been a finalist for the head coaching job before the Cavs hired Blatt. And it was with Blatt's full support that the Cavs subsequently went out and made Lue the highest-paid assistant in the NBA -- luring him away from Doc Rivers' bench in Los Angeles with money and title. Blatt was completely unthreatened by Lue, according to a league source, and didn't care what title the Cavs had to give Lue to get him to come aboard. "Just get him here," he'd said. CBSSports.com

Blatt has clearly been stung by the criticisms and some of the reports. The part about Tyronn Lue calling timeouts from the bench really struck a nerve, since Blatt ripped it as “nonsense” Thursday morning and alluded to it again after the game. Akron Beacon Journal

"You know ... I'm just so tired of all this personal stuff," Blatt said when asked how he was handling the criticism. "I'm a coach of a basketball team, and we're all a part of this. A lot of things have been said, and most of them unfairly, not truly depicting the situation. We've been struggling. I readily admit it. (But) within the team, things are fine. Guys are working hard. Guys are very, very much listening and attentive. And you know, we're not out of the mud yet, but we're going to be because we're going to get our team fully stocked and we're moving in the right direction. And all that other stuff, the personal (stuff), I really don't think about it. I don't listen to it, and I don't worry about it." USA Today Sports

January 15, 2015 Updates

Blatt picked his coaching staff, but he and his assistants are also getting to know each other. He does not have a longtime confidante on his staff. Though Blatt told news reporters Thursday the coaching staff is fine, it's fact that lead assistant Tyronn Lue interviewed for the job Blatt has. USA Today Sports

One current NBA head coach said he’s never heard of an assistant calling for a timeout. “And if one of my guys did it," he said, "I’d kill him." Akron Beacon Journal

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt took offense to an ESPN report stating that his assistant, Tyronn Lue, has been calling timeouts behind his back. "That's a lot of nonsense and I think it's kind of cheap, to be honest with you," Blatt said before his team took the floor for shootaround on the campus of UCLA. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"It's tough," Scott told USA TODAY Sports about Blatt's situation after Lakers practice on Wednesday afternoon. "Players in this league tend to respect guys that they've seen who have accomplished things in this league, so that makes it a little bit more easier for myself, who has played. But I've also coached on this level as well. So yeah, a first-year coach like David, it's going to be tough. Even though you have probably the best player in the NBA on your team (LeBron James) and two other guys (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) who are pretty damned good too, you still have a big-time challenge." USA Today Sports

The issue was front and center on Tuesday night, when James' decision to shove his coach aside while they argued with an official couldn't have been more poorly timed even if his intent wasn't what so many assumed it to be. James said he was merely protecting his coach from getting a technical foul, and Blatt said he appreciated the gesture. "With any coach, you go into a situation like that and the first thing you have to do is earn their respect," Scott said. "And that's tough sometimes, so he's in a very unique situation because of the fact that he hasn't coached in the NBA. But he's coaching some of the biggest stars in the NBA, and there's a lot of pressure on them. Everybody damned near picked them to win the championship, so that's just that much more added pressure. ... It's a tough situation." USA Today Sports

January 14, 2015 Updates

It sure looks to me like James is not paying attention to Blatt and is clearly disengaged. During some of the huddles he is staring into the distance, is 10 feet removed from the rest of the team, and even walks away from Blatt to the other side of the court, nowhere near his teammates. There was little to no interaction between LBJ and Blatt. With a few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Cavs made a miraculous comeback to tie it up from trailing by as many as 18, and while Blatt was drawing up a play, LBJ cut him off and took over the huddle. I don’t have an agenda here. I’m simply reporting what I saw. You be the judge. SheridanHoops

They see players appearing to run different plays than the bench calls, see assistant coach Tyronn Lue calling timeouts literally behind Blatt's back during games, and hear Cavs players openly talking about coaching issues with opposing players and personnel. Not once, not twice, but frequently over the past several months. For weeks now, the small talk when league personnel run into each other at college games, airports or pregame meals has frequently started with: "What the hell is going on in Cleveland?" ESPN.com

James and Blatt assured media the push looked worse than it really was. Both player and coach said James was simply saving Blatt from being called for a technical foul. "I got called for an offensive foul, and they said I hooked one of the Morris twins on a post-up when he grabbed me," James said after the game. "It was a referee that was away from the play [who called it]. I was talking to Eric Lewis, one of the other refs, and Coach Blatt was getting a little fired up about it, too, and he was on his way to a technical. So I just got him up out of the way before he got a T. So, just protecting my coach." ESPN.com

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