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February 28, 2015 Updates

"It seems like a long time ago," Blatt said of his off-season choice. "Once I had the opportunity to come to the Cavaliers I really didn't feel any regret. It's really through the good graces of Steve Kerr and the Golden State staff that I had the opportunity to interview for the job and they were willing to let me follow this path. I still hold a really good feeling of appreciation for the way they handled that situation. It's turned out pretty good for both sides." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt heard the criticism, and even with his star player referring to him as a "rookie coach" repeatedly, he stayed the course, and never felt the need to validate his coaching credentials. "I've been a head coach for 22 years," he said Thursday. "People overlook that too easily and I think unfairly. I know I'm the new kid on the block in the NBA and I recognize the greatness of this league and the difficulty of this league and the fact that I've had to make, and am still going through the adjustment to coach in this league, but I am not now, nor have I been for quite some time, a rookie coach." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 27, 2015 Updates
February 26, 2015 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: David Blatt: "I've been a head coach for 22 years, I think people overlook that too easily, & I think unfairly." That last David Blatt quote was in reference to a question about whether he may have benefitted from assistant job in Golden State. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

February 24, 2015 Updates
February 22, 2015 Updates

“I have no idea and I really can’t comment on anything in the past, but I can tell you one thing: J.R. Smith has been a dream for us, as a team and for me personally,” Blatt said one day ahead of Smith’s MSG return on Sunday to face the Knicks. “I love the guy. I love coaching him. He comes to work every single day. He’s a great teammate. He’s playing both ends of the court for us consistently. He’s one of the main reasons for our turnaround, together with Iman, who simply started later because of (a shoulder) injury. New York Daily News

February 21, 2015 Updates

It was a statement win, on the road, over a team the Cavs were (until the final horn sounded) chasing in the standings. "What a difference a couple of months makes," Cleveland coach David Blatt said. "We played here in Washington some months ago, and we turned it over 19 times, and we were definitely not the together unit that we are now. We got a lot of good looks and we got them in the way we wanted." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 13, 2015 Updates

LeBron James, who led all scorers with 31 points but did not have his best night, was asked about Blatt's growth as coach. "Well, I mean he's grown for sure," James said. "I mean, he's a rookie coach, just like a rookie player, every month you kind of get better and better and better and that's what he's been doing." James said more about Blatt, and we'll get to what he said momentarily. But "rookie coach" deserves further discussion. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavs' players view Blatt as a rookie; Blatt believes his pedigree as a coach in Israel and Europe (where he won championships and a bronze medal for Team Russia at the 2012 Olympics) should count for something. There's the rub. It took a few months for things to begin to iron out, and the process is ongoing. "For our team, he's been great," James continued. "He communicates great, he pays attention to details, as players we just try to go out and whatever he wants us to do we try to implement it at a high level. "Every day is a learning experience for himself as well, just being his first year in the NBA, and I think he's handled it well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 7, 2015 Updates

Blatt was obviously irked by the calls, too, but tried to avoid the fine as well. “This is a very, very professional and great league and the people that need to look at those things will look at them and will educate,” he said. “I think that’s a case where there should be some education.” Akron Beacon Journal

February 5, 2015 Updates
February 3, 2015 Updates

Cavs first-year Coach David Blatt, who drew criticism last month for saying Love wasn't a max player yet – a reference to Love's contract, Blatt later said, not his ability – praised Love for fitting in. "He's averaging a double-double," Blatt said. "If you want to compare him to last year's numbers, maybe there's a difference. But that is still pretty good production for anyone, anywhere. He's doing that on a team where there are other players with the same type of capability in one respect or another. I think what he's doing is actually quite special. USA Today Sports

Said Love: "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't an adjustment. I'm trying to find different ways to be as efficient as possible. It's something I prided myself on here. There are different ways for me to affect the game. I'm still figuring that out on this team. We still have 35-plus games left. That will continue to evolve and change and get better." Love struggled to pinpoint the best way to judge his season. "I don't know how to answer that. I don't really know," he said. "I came to the Cavaliers to win basketball games, and we're doing that now." USA Today Sports

February 2, 2015 Updates

"First of all, he's the greatest player in our game," Cleveland coach David Blatt said last week, as he began to make his case for James as MVP. "You don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing. Certainly it does say something about what his value is when he is absent, what happens to the team. Obviously, if we look at our own example, then you're looking at an MVP player in every respect, which is not news to anyone." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 28, 2015 Updates

Now Cavs coach David Blatt believes it's time for the narrative surrounding LeBron James' campaign to change as well. Specifically, Blatt wants to know why James' name doesn't appear in the MVP conversation more often. "That's just kind of funny, to be honest with you," Blatt said before the Pistons game. "First of all, he's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever. And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing." ESPN.com

Now the million-dollar question: Is Love worthy of being an All-Star this year? "Yes, I think so," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "...Kevin from his position is averaging a double-double while sacrificing some of his own individual game to help the team win and be successful. So yeah, you can certainly make a case for that. Absolutely." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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