HoopsHype David Blatt rumors


March 28, 2015 Updates

As he's gotten more involved over the years, though, he's cut back his visibility on social media and limited his interactions with the media. He was the driving force in the hiring of David Blatt as head coach last year but did not attend his news conference or the one held when the team announced the acquisition of Love. There was no news conference held when James signed. He did not attend the news conference when Griffin was named GM. Earlier in his tenure, Gilbert was always front and center in these types of moments. ESPN.com

March 24, 2015 Updates

To recap, on March 16th, Blatt said: "We've got to finish in second place" in the East. Told of Blatt's remark, James said: "That's for the coaching staff, that's what they want. For me, I never play for seeding, I just play." In conversations with league sources, the Northeast Ohio Media Group was told Blatt probably shouldn't have said it. The Cavs, though squarely in second place, will likely want to rest James and other key players at some point in April, which could spell a loss or two. Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 22, 2015 Updates

Why does David Blatt not expand his rotation a bit? I’ve been shocked Perkins doesn’t play more. 
@Solano_56 I wrote when they acquired him that Kendrick Perkins was simply an insurance policy. He’s that break-glass-in-case-of-emergency big at the end of the bench. He was never brought here with the intent of playing heavy minutes based at least in part on the fact the Thunder struggled this season when he was on the court. There are moments Perkins is valuable, but overall, he won’t be part of the rotation unless there is an injury or foul trouble. Akron Beacon Journal

March 18, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love will start for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets after skipping two games. He firmly denied he took the time off to deal with a back issue that has been bothering him off and on throughout the season. "Me resting had nothing to do with my back," Love said Wednesday morning. "Coach (David Blatt) had approached me. I was playing heavy minutes and he came to me and asked if I'd sit a game or two and that's all it was." ESPN.com

Blatt previously said Love came to him to ask for rest. Love said Wednesday it was Blatt who came to him with the idea. Either way, Love said he thinks his five days off will have a positive effect. "I feel good. Anytime you take a couple days and a couple games in this part of the season, you come back feeling a little bit better," Love said. "Everybody is focusing on their health; everyone wants to have a full roster come playoff time. This is my first experience going through it." ESPN.com

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"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

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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

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“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

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