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As it was expected, after Barcelona and Dogus Darussafaka, David Blatt’s old team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, knocked on his door. According to the Israeli TV channel “Sport5” Maccabi offered to its former coach a multiyear deal in order to return to Israel. However the main question is if Blatt is considering at this point of his career a return to Europe, while he is a candidate to land a head coach job in the NBA.
Storyline: David Blatt Free Agency
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Not surprisingly, Blatt’s former players from Maccabi Tel Aviv said it was a mistake by the Cavaliers to undermine the team structure and not buy into the coach’s teachings. Of course it’s a different dynamic in the NBA, where the players have the money and the power. Rarely will a coach hold more sway than the star. “I can’t imagine that (Blatt) would go in and rub people the wrong way. And if he did, it’s unfortunate because players need to be more responsible for themselves and be grown-ups,” said Blumenthal. “They need to understand there’s a hierarchy with a basketball team. And the coach is pretty high up there. If you want to be a championship team, you have to buy into what the coach is doing.”