David Blatt Rumors
Blatt admitted that he and James don’t always see eye to eye, but said that their relationship has developed with time. “I have a good relationship with him,” claimed Blatt. “We went through a process. It took us time to get to know each other. We learned how to work together the best way possible. When you work with a star of that magnitude the relationship is slightly different. It isn’t like with any other player. I learned from this process. We both want the same thing, but don’t always agree about everything. Our relationship will only continue to improve as we continue to work together. Things aren’t always smooth, but I’m not competing against him, I’m working with him.”
“I’m happy and proud of what we achieved in our first season,” said Blatt. “It gives us a lot of confidence and motivation to come back next year and take one more step towards our goal. Of course I will continue in Cleveland, there is no question. For me this was a fantastic, interesting and challenging year. I learned a lot and I feel that I needed this year to become a part of the best league in the world. I will be a lot more comfortable next season as well as a better coach.”
Chris Fedor: Just my two cents: I don’t believe the David Blatt situation has been completely ironed out yet.
There are two dueling storylines about the team. One is that Blatt is overmatched as coach, held in low regard by James and not really in control. The latest report on that came from ESPN’s Marc Stein. I don’t doubt much of what Stein reported, at least in terms of James yelling at Blatt and others. He has done that for years with his coaches. I interviewed Dru Joyce, who coached James from the age of 10 to 18. He told me how in one of his first games as St. Vincent-St. Mary head coach, James insisted that he change defenses. Soon, James was joined by Dru Joyce III, the coach’s son. Joyce pulled the team out of press, and the Irish went on to win the game.
Griffin was exasperated at the conjecture about Blatt’s future with the team. “I just don’t know what we’re really critiquing at this point anymore,” Griffin said. Griffin said Cavs owner Dan Gilbert will review the basketball operations department. “Ownership will look at this from the top down, and they’re going to look at me. They’ll look at David, and they’re going to look at all of us, and we’re going to try to get better,” Griffin said. “That’s what we do all the time.”
“People sometimes judge things on a game or on a period of time and they forget that we’re in there working together and striving to make the utmost of our team and of our situation day to day,” Blatt said. “And a bond develops over time that is a lot more than what meets the eye. … I can just tell you it’s been a fantastic experience, and I’m looking forward to continuing it.”
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he “absolutely” will be back with the team next season and can’t wait for the 2015-16 season to begin. “To be able to hit the ground running next year with all or most of our roster intact will be just an enormous advantage,” Blatt said at a news conference Thursday.
I saw it from close range in my role as sideline reporter through the Finals for ESPN Radio. LeBron essentially calling timeouts and making substitutions. LeBron openly barking at Blatt after decisions he didn’t like. LeBron huddling frequently with Lue and so often looking at anyone other than Blatt.
There was LeBron, in one instance I witnessed from right behind the bench, shaking his head vociferously in protest after one play Blatt drew up in the third quarter of Game 5, amounting to the loudest nonverbal scolding you could imagine. Which forced Blatt, in front of his whole team, to wipe the board clean and draw up something else.
Blatt is well liked by Gilbert and is strongly supported by general manager David Griffin. The only way he wouldn’t be back is if James forced it, but that’s not James’ style. He may just go on operating the way he wants and expect Blatt to deal with it. That’s what happened most of this year anyway.
Some people are using a video where Blatt is talking to the team and Smith looks totally bored as a negative. Well … Smith is not exactly the best example of a mature player. Just ask anyone who has coached him.
James should have input. I don’t know what he really thinks of Blatt. I do know the brass is pleased with the playoff performance, given all the injuries.
I like Blatt. I think he’s a very decent human being. I think he’s a good coach who will get better next season. I also have not been given any indication that the Cavs want to fire Blatt. I’d love to see him get a chance to coach this team again when training camp opens in the fall. He has earned it.
Several sources said Shawn Marion, who already has announced he’ll retire following the season, is especially itching to get a chance. He’s recently been bothered by a calf injury and also dealt with a hip injury in the regular season but is healthy and able to go.
The Cavs are indeed playing with a lot of grit in these Finals — that the series is tied 2-2 despite their decimating injuries is a statement. But there is also a strong feeling within the team, multiple sources said, that coach David Blatt could rely more on the veterans he’s been leaving unused on the bench.: 39 more rumors