Cleveland Cavaliers have had a slow start to the season to say the least. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this. The return of the self-appointed king LeBron James was always going to bring with it expectations of greatness. And when you add superstar baller Kevin Love to the picture, the Cavaliers were expected to challenge the best in the league on their way to a comfortable playoff berth.
That may still happen for the Cavs this season, but losing 12 of their opening 30 games thus far certainly was not part of the big plan for LeBron James and co. But amongst all of the disappointments for the Cavs, the latest of those twelve defeats against Detroit Pistons was the most depressing.
The 23-point defeat was only the Pistons seventh win of the season, and the aftermath of the loss for the Cavs has left head coach David Blatt in an almost untenable situation. According to a detailed and brutal report by ESPN, the Cavs’ confidence in their first year head coach is at an all-time low, something which could signal the beginning of the end for Blatt.
Big worry for the Cavs
“There is a growing level of worry within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization about first-year coach David Blatt and his ability to reach the team, according to league sources,” ESPN reported.
“Sources told ESPN.com that there is rising concern in team circles about the level of response that Blatt is getting on the floor, with Blatt himself acknowledging that the Cavaliers "lost our energy and we lost our competitiveness" in Sunday night's embarrassing home loss to Detroit.”
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Are the reports true?
The main worry for the Cavs is that David Blatt is becoming more and more unimportant amongst the players. If these reports are to be believed, key personnel at the Cavs clearly feel Blatt’s effect on the team is almost non-existent at the moment. That’s a terrible position for Blatt to be in when you consider that he’s the coach.
Reports like this are not always spot on, but where there’s smoke there’s generally fire, and we’ll have to wait and see how long the rookie head coach can withstand the pressure of coaching some of the biggest egos in the NBA.