David Blatt Rumors
Asked by a coach in attendance how he handled the Cavs firing, Blatt said, “If you’re a coach, you’re going to get hit in the head once in a while. Believe in yourself. Never give up. Keep striving.” During his presentation – which centered more on coaching philosophy than Xs and Os – Blatt told coaches that when one of his assistants becomes a head coach, it’s his great source of coaching pride. “All my assistants are important to me, and I want to see them do well,” Blatt told USA TODAY Sports.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt holds no ill will towards his former team and in fact, believes they are the favorites to win the championship this season. “I think they’re playing great,” Blatt told ESPN.com on Saturday, shortly before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cavs and Toronto Raptors. “I think that the players and the coaching staff are doing a terrific job, I really do. And I think the fact that they are healthy and have actually even added a piece or two makes them the team to beat right now, in my opinion. That’s really all I want to say.”
“I’m very supportive of Ty (Lue), as I am of all of the coaching staff,” Blatt told ESPN.com. “I had a great relationship with those guys and I value them and I want to see them all do well.” Blatt, who was being billed as an “international coach and technical expert” by the clinic organizers, was scheduled to speak from 6:45-8:00 p.m. about in-game adjustments and preparing NBA and international players at Ryerson University — just about a mile away from the Air Canada Centre where the Cavs and Raptors were tipping off at 8:30 p.m.
The admiration this organization is receiving has been well deserved, but there is one recent source of support that might surprise some: former Cavs coach David Blatt. Blatt was in Atlanta while the Cavaliers were in town playing the Hawks in the second round, and he reached out to Lue. It was the first time the two have spoken on the phone “in some time,” Lue says. The majority of the conversation was based on catching up, but it was a message Blatt delivered that stood out during that call.
“He’s just a good person,” Lue told cleveland.com. “Always encouraging, always supportive. He just said how proud he was of me and what we’re doing, and that means a lot coming from him. His friendship is something I truly appreciate and value.”