INDEPENDENCE: With all the talk about David Blatt’s offensive ingenuity, the new coach of the Cavs wanted to make something clear during his opening remarks Wednesday.
“I’m not an offensive or defensive coach,” he said. “I’m a basketball coach.”
Blatt appeared confident and bold during his introductory press conference, dismissing the stigma over players’ egos and declaring he’s won everywhere he’s been.
“I plan on doing the same here,” he said.To read more or comment...
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Tyronn Lue will join the Cavaliers’ staff as an associate head coach under David Blatt, a league source confirmed on Monday. Yahoo Sports first reported Lue’s addition to Blatt’s staff.
Lue, 37, and Blatt were the two finalists for the Cavs’ head job, but it seemed unlikely Lue would leave Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers for anything less than a head coaching job. Lue has spent the last five years under Rivers, first in Boston and last season with the Clippers.
Rivers already lost his top assistant, Alvin Gentry, to the Golden State Warriors, but Yahoo reported Rivers gave his blessing for Lue to leave and come to Cleveland.
One source with knowledge of the contract said it will make Lue one of the league’s highest paid assistant coaches.To read more or comment...
David Blatt has reached an agreement in principal to be the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed. A source involved in contract negotiations insisted the deal isn’t yet completed, but a third source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated Thursday night once the deal is completed, it will be worth about $20 million.
Blatt, 55, is an out-of-the-box hire. He played at Princeton, but has spent his entire professional career playing and coaching overseas. He guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Israeli League championship and the Euroleague championship this season and coached the Russians to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Blatt confirmed the deal to European basketball reporter David Pick.
“It’s done,” Blatt told Pick. “Couldn’t be more excited. Can’t wait for challenge.”To read more or comment...
David Blatt has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next coach of the Cavaliers, Yahoo Sports reported.
The Cavs narrowed their choices to Blatt and Tyronn Lue, one league source with knowledge of the team’s coaching search said, but by late afternoon on Thursday, no contract offers had yet been extended. A decision, however, appears imminent.
Blatt is under pressure from the Golden State Warriors to make a decision. The Warriors have held open a spot on coach Steve Kerr’s staff, but need an answer from Blatt soon. Blatt is represented by former New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, who also represents Kerr.
The Cavs have conducted an exhaustive search to replace Mike Brown. In pursuing Lue, one league source with knowledge of the Cavs’ plans said they were looking for the league’s next Doc Rivers after Lue has coached under Rivers in both Boston and Los Angeles.To read more or comment...