HoopsHype David Blatt rumors

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt suggested the 39.5 minutes per game LeBron James is averaging for his career would be too many for the team's superstar this season, at least in the early going. "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said following practice Sunday. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Head coach David Blatt was asked about Waiters’ rapid field goal attempts and the coach paused, making sure he chose his words carefully before responding. “I was thinking about that at halftime, actually,” Blatt said. “Remember that we didn’t play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that’s what he does. “I don’t think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don’t really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we’ll look at it. It’s something we really should look at it and we will.” NBCSports.com

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He's had his share of high-pressurized coaching gigs. This isn't unfamiliar territory for Blatt. On the other hand, he hasn't fully experienced the enormity of what is about to come his way in coaching a team that consists of All-Stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. "I would have come to the NBA regardless of the roster," Blatt said. "I wanted to come home. And when I came, it wasn't the same roster obviously. I had a pretty good job before. I wanted to come here." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers were preparing for their trip to Brazil, head coach David Blatt asked Anderson Varejao for advice, and "Wild Thing" provided some unique insight. "He told everybody to bring their Speedos," Blatt said on Monday with a chuckle. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"I'm sure that [being the first European coach to run an NBA team] was a consideration on the part of the management and the ownership," Blatt said. "I know that back then I was a serious candidate, but probably the out-of-the-box candidate. But fortunately, they saw it fit to want to have me here and I'm hoping that I can justify that." Blatt knows that getting the Cavs job makes him a trail blazer in the basketball coaching profession, but that is the least of his concerns as he tries to shape his new team during training camp. "I think to a certain extent, I feel a responsibility recognizing that I spent 30 years of my life overseas and learned a lot of basketball overseas, came into contact with a lot of great people over there that helped me and taught me or competed with me and raised my level," Blatt said. "But really what I'm focused on is the here and now and how happy I am and how proud I am to coach this team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's really what's on my mind." ESPN.com

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Aside from a two-year hiatus to sell copier machines in Atlanta for a steady paycheck, Blatt has called Israel home since 1981 -- first as a player, then as a coach. His wife and four children live in the suburbs of Tel Aviv, which has become as much of a permanent home as any place can be for a family living the coaching life. Blatt, 55, has also touched down in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Russia -- where, in 2004, he became the first Westerner to coach a team in the former Soviet Union. CBSSports.com

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