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In an exclusive interview with Northeast Ohio Media Group, Cavaliers' Owner Dan Gilbert said firing Blatt was never considered, and added that his confidence in his coach never wavered. "It really didn't," Gilbert told NEOMG. "I don't care what the expectations were, especially after we changed coaches twice in two years. This was a guy with a long-term record of success. You have to at least give a season, maybe more than just one. I think it would have destabilized the entire franchise and it would have been bad." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"When we did checks on him, we must have talked to 70 or 80 people, literally. We couldn't find somebody to say a bad word. There's something about him. It's hard to put your finger on it, but there's something about him. He's a good soul and he knows how to get these guys to love each other, to play for the team. That to me is the most important thing" Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Look, there's nobody you can point to in the world that doesn't make a mistake," Gilbert said to NEOMG. "The best players, the best business people, the best coaches. So one thing is not going to make or break a person." Now the Cavaliers are four victories away from ending a 51-year professional championship drought in the city, and Blatt is a huge part of that. "They wanted Coach Blatt fired, saying we needed another point guard, will LeBron and Kyrie be able to play together? So many story lines was just happening at that point in time," James said. "For us to be sitting at this point today, being able to represent the Eastern Conference in The Finals, this is special. It's very special." Cleveland Plain Dealer

He has dual citizenship -- U.S. and Israel. His wife and family are in Tel Aviv. His son, Tamir, is in his last year of high school and is one of the best young basketball players in Israel. "I left a lot of people that I love dearly ... in order to pursue a dream," said Blatt. "That's a big sacrifice on the part of my family and where I'm from." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Dan Gilbert: Crushed. The parade of silliness never ends...@cavs / RT: Nick Camino: #Cavs need to squash this @RicBucher stuff immediately. Interesting how this comes up the day after returning to Eastern Conference Finals. Twitter

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