David Blatt Rumors
It was a bit surprise that you signed a contract with Darüşşafaka Doğuş and come back to Turkey. What was the main reason for you to select Darüşşafaka? David Blatt: I had to do something after I realized that I wasn’t going to get a head coaching job this year in the NBA. I wanted to sign with a high level team in Europe. There were different things happening but Darüşşafaka was the team that filled my requirements for team environment, vision and commitment to excellence. Even though it’s not a team that having recent tradition in European basketball, it’s a team that wants to get there. Helping that kind of team to achieve that level was very appealing to me. That was the reason why I came here.
You said you realized you were not going to get a head coaching job in the NBA. But there were some rumors that you were about to sign with an NBA team. What can you say about those rumors and if you accept them can you give us team names? David Blatt: Sure, I was very very close to sign with an NBA team. Some of them have been published but I don’t want to talk about it because they have their coaches right now and I don’t want to bring this up again. But I was very close to three different situations that didn’t work out. There are only 30 NBA coaches in the world, sometimes that happens. I’m very happy in my current situation.
Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they will give you a championship ring. What are you feeling about that, will you attend a ceremony or something? David Blatt: I appreciate. They recognized that I made a contribution to their historic championship. It was not my championship but I was a part of things. Based on to that, I feel thankful to them they recognized that. I can’t attend any ceremony because I’m here for my own season. That was a very special championship for the Cavaliers organization and for the people lived in Cleveland. I’m happy for the players, coaches and fans because I know what it took and what it meant.
Lue, who replaced Blatt midway through last season as Cavs coach, said “that’s the first thing I said when we won, that we need to get coach Blatt a ring. “I had to fight him a little bit,” Lue said. “He didn’t want to do it. But he definitely deserves one. I’m glad he accepted it and I’m glad the organization is going to get him one.”
Asked about Blatt’s ring after Wednesday’s 117-102 win over Orlando in the preseason opener, James said: “That’s an organizational thing and if that’s what they wanted to do then we’re all for it. Who am I to say who can or can’t get a ring?”
Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Tuesday night that he will accept the championship ring the Cavs have offered him despite Blatt’s dismissal halfway through the 2015-16 regular season. “They offered and I graciously accepted because they presented it to me in a way that was very respectful,” Blatt told Israel-based basketball reporter David Pick. “The Cavaliers wanted to give me a ring because the organization felt that I contributed to the championship.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: David Blatt confirms to me tonight that he accepted Cavaliers offer of championship ring. “(Cleveland) offered and I graciously accepted because they presented it to me in a way that was very respecful. The Cavaliers wanted to give me a ring because the organization felt that I contributed to the championship. It’s not my championship, I recognize that, but I also feel that I did something there, and I graciously accepted because it was a gracois offer on their part. The big thing for me was that I felt that they felt that it was earned, not given, therefore I was happy to accept.” https://t.co/5Y50qxWn3x