The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a surprise move and have fired head coach David Blatt, according to reports.
ESPN states the second-year coach was dismissed by the current Eastern Conference champions after losing the support of the locker room over the past month, and the loss to the Golden State Warriors of 132-98 on Monday.
According to the report: "Sources told ESPN's Chris Broussard that many Cavs players, especially the veterans, felt like Blatt was in over his head as coach. They questioned whether he knew the league well enough to lead them to a championship."
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Blatt leaves the team at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 30-11 record. This was his first head coaching job in the NBA, and he finished on an 83-40 record. His .675 winning percentage is also the best of any coach in the franchise's history.
His firing comes after he was defensive to the press when the criticised him and his team received for the loss to the Warriors on Monday by 34 points.
He said: "I hear a lot of far-reaching conclusions, and personally, I don't like it, but there's nothing I can do about it because I'm not the one that's saying or doing those things. I think this team has done pretty well dealing with the adversity that we've had. I think this team is in pretty good position, although people choose to overlook that, which I don't think is fair."
Apparently, LeBron James was not consulted of Blatt's firing before it took place. The team's general manager, David Griffin, made the decision to part ways with the head coach on his own.
Associate head coach Tyronn Lue is expected to take over as head coach as he signed a three-year contract on Friday. His first game in charge of the Cavs will be this Saturday against the Chicago Bulls.