David Blatt Rumors
“I had the opportunity to go back to Maccabi Tel Aviv or to go to Khimki Moscow and, ultimately, because of my desire not to commit long-term to anything beyond this coming season, I decided it would be best for me to stay here, and then after this season, reevaluate what I want to do with my career; whether I’m able to find an opportunity in the NBA next year, which was my goal, or whether I will again commit to a different kind of situation next season.
It won’t happen this summer. But Blatt is determined to give himself another chance to return to the NBA. “I have an end game and that end game is that I would really like to go back to the NBA,” Blatt told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “There were no changes in the NBA this year from a coaching standpoint and my real goal is to try next year to get back into the league as a head coach. It may happen and it may not happen. But I wanted to leave that door open for myself if the opportunity arises.”
Maccabi Tel Aviv made Blatt a lucrative three-year offer earlier this summer. The 58-year-old considered it, but ultimately chose to return to Turkish club Darussafaka for another season. He understood he would be doing both himself and Maccabi an injustice by accepting a long-term project and then leaving after one year. “With my long and very good relationship with Maccabi, I just felt that it wouldn’t be right on my part to take over a program that really needs a long term commitment and overhaul and then after one year, if I decide to, take advantage of an option and leave for the NBA,” explained Blatt.
While he remains focused on achieving his coaching aspirations, Blatt is still intent on pursuing a career in diplomacy. “I’ve always said and I’ve always felt that one day I’d like to take my collective experience as a sports ambassador and as a representative of Israel in the field of my career to another type of career,” noted Blatt. “I’m not there just yet but going down the line that is how I feel. I’d like very much to one day do something for Israel in representative fashion, a job that would allow me to continue to spread the good word about our country and people.”
“We shouldn’t be shocked after we fired our head coach when we were in first place in the middle of the season,” Jefferson said Tuesday, referring to David Blatt’s dismissal in January 2016. “Still, it’s surprising.”