Mark Berman: NBA sources confirm the #Rockets are interviewing former Cavaliers Coach David Blatt today. First reported by @Marc Stein
Not surprisingly, Blatt’s former players from Maccabi Tel Aviv said it was a mistake by the Cavaliers to undermine the team structure and not buy into the coach’s teachings. Of course it’s a different dynamic in the NBA, where the players have the money and the power. Rarely will a coach hold more sway than the star. “I can’t imagine that (Blatt) would go in and rub people the wrong way. And if he did, it’s unfortunate because players need to be more responsible for themselves and be grown-ups,” said Blumenthal. “They need to understand there’s a hierarchy with a basketball team. And the coach is pretty high up there. If you want to be a championship team, you have to buy into what the coach is doing.”
In other words, there is nothing on Vogel’s résumé that occurred in any other country than the one that claims to have invented the game and most of the sideshows that go with it. Meanwhile, according to a person close to Blatt, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the current coaching search, Blatt at least came away from his chat with Jackson with the belief that he was a legitimate candidate for the Knicks job.
He pitched himself to Jackson as a defensive-minded coach who, while playing collegiately at Princeton, was reared on the joy of a deliberate, five-man offense and therefore amenable to embracing Jackson’s beloved triangle. He reminded Jackson that he initially went to Cleveland in 2014 to coach a young, undisciplined Cavaliers team, a work in progress. That was before James suddenly returned as the homecoming King, when the Cavs were essentially the Knicks, minus the veteran shotmaking of Carmelo Anthony.
Sam Amick: Kings interviewing David Blatt in Sacramento today, I'm told. That meeting 1st reported by @Marc Stein. Another Sacto tidbit...
The Sacramento Kings will interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for their head-coaching vacancy early this week, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Blatt will become the latest in a string of recent head coaches to interview for the post, with the Kings determined to commission a broad search in their hunt for George Karl's replacement.
Two and half weeks after Phil Jackson began his narrow coaching search, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt “still is in the mix” for the Knicks head job, according to an NBA source.
Blatt has told confidants he has a shot, though Rambis remains a front-runner. Luke Walton, Jackson’s preferred choice, is off the board. As expected, he took his dream job with the Lakers. Once the Lakers fired Byron Scott last week, Jackson knew the Knicks went from long shot to no shot.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue gave former coach David Blatt a strong endorsement one day after reports circulated that the New York Knicks interviewed him to be their coach. “He definitely deserves another chance,” Lue said. “I thought Coach Blatt did a great and phenomenal job here. He taught me a lot. Just being friends with him and getting a chance to understand him was great for me. I know a lot of guys around here, we talked about it the other day, they miss him and his presence. I would just like keep in contact with him. Hopefully, he gets another job in this league because he deserves it.”
Peter Vecsey: David Blatt isn't being considered 4 Knicks opening. Never was, I'm told. Strictly a smokescreen, as is search by Jax. Rambis lone candidate
Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who has been holed up in Atlanta, has told confidants he believes there’s “some interest” from the Knicks in him for their head-coaching job. The Post reported in Tuesday’s paper that the Israeli coaching legend is expected to get an interview, partly based on his close friendship with Knicks general manager Steve Mills, but also because of his history of “adaptability,’’ after having coached all over the globe.
Blatt and Mills shared the backcourt at Princeton in the late 1970s and employed the famous Princeton offense. “He’d be absolutely willing to run the triangle,’’ the NBA personnel director said. “There’s not great similarities between the two, but it is in the fundamental notion of ball movement, taking what the defense gives you.”
Many league front-office types believe Blatt got a raw deal and was in a tough spot as a first-year NBA coach, paired with James. One NBA scout said: “All indications were he is an excellent coach. He got a bad break in Cleveland.” The scout then quipped, “But it would probably squash any hope of LeBron coming as a free agent.’’
The New York Knicks' coaching search remains focused, for now, on interim head coach Kurt Rambis and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, league sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.
Several names already have been tossed into the speculation hopper, including Scotty Brooks, Tom Thibodeau, Kevin McHale, David Blatt, Nate McMillan, Luke Walton, Jeff Hornacek, Vinny Del Negro, Mark Jackson and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. One of Divac’s most difficult tasks will be overcoming the wide perception that the Kings are one of the league’s most dysfunctional franchises.
Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson and former Cleveland coach David Blatt are also expected to be considered.
GM Steve Mills and former Cavs coach David Blatt were Princeton teammates, but I can't find anyone in the coaching business who views the strong personalities of Jackson and Blatt as a logical fit.
There is a rising belief in NBA coaching circles that the Nets will not be in the mix for Tom Thibodeau or David Blatt, but sources say the search process is still evolving and only in its infancy.
It’s unclear who the Nets’ other candidates are, with no formal interviews believed to have been conducted. But Marks is expected to bring candidates to the same search committee that vetted him: Nets CEO Brett Yormark, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment president Irina Pavlova, board chairman Dmitry Razumov and Prokhorov confidant Kushchenko. Another likely contender is ex-Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who coached the Russian National Team from 2004-12 and whom Prokhorov knows, nearly hiring him at CSKA in 2008.
A source told The Post Blatt would be a long shot — unless Jackson decides to start passing the torch to GM Steve Mills, who played in the same backcourt at Princeton as the former Cavs coach. Blatt, an Israeli coaching legend, was an usher at Mills’ wedding, and The Post reported last June Mills has brought his name up to owner James Dolan in the past. It would be a neat compromise, if Jackson is to leave after next season as his contract allows.
May 12, 2021 | 1:37 pm EDT Update
Michael Singer: There’s this weird narrative that Nikola Jokic won’t lean into the MVP race, when yest., on the record, he finally put himself out there: “I can just say that this season is probably the best season I’ve had in my life.” On MVP, he went even further: “If it happens, it happens.”
Malika Andrews: James Harden is listed as probable for tonight’s game against the Spurs. Kyrie Irving is Questionable with a facial contusion. Kevin Durant is available, despite it being the second night of a back-to-back.
Kevin Chouinard: Hawks say De’Andre Hunter (injury management, right knee) and Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) are out tonight. Tony Snell and Kevin Huerter came off the list.