The Cleveland Cavaliers swept through the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Detroit Pistons with plenty of praise for coach Tyronn Lue from his opposite number Stan Van Gundy.
The 38-year-old Lue has only been in the Cavaliers hot-seat since January of this year after David Blatt was fired. For the cynical-minded, LeBron James may have had a part to play in Blatt's curious dismissal.
But, given King James' strong denial and the general manager David Griffin's insistence that it was as a result of "a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision," it's fair to say the former Euroleague Coach of the Year had run his course.
Interestingly enough, no coach in league history had been dismissed in-season with a higher winning percentage than Blatt's .732. He left the Cavs in the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but it appears his work went beyond the floor.
Lue was Blatt's assistant during his time in Cleveland and was promoted and rewarded with a three-year contract following his dismissal.
As an eleven-year veteran of the league during his playing days, Lue has a firm handle on most aspects of the game. However, he reserves high praise for Blatt and the many things he taught him during their time as a duo and Lue hopes to be facing his mentor one day soon.
"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.
"Hopefully, he gets another job in this league because he deserves it."
According to ESPN's Ian Begley, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson met with Blatt on Monday to discuss the team's head-coaching vacancy.
With Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, there is certainly talent to work with in the Big Apple if Blatt does end up taking the reins there, but it wouldn't be the embarrassment of riches he was used to in Cleveland, that's for sure.
The Knicks have had a torrid time the past three years and have missed out on the postseason during that spell, while setting their franchise-worst regular season in 2014-15.
Still, many consider New York to be a sleeping giant in the NBA and 'the city that never sleeps' is not only a huge market, but will be an attractive place to live for many of the players in the league.
Whether Jackson ends up taking a risk on Blatt or if he prefers his close ally and current interim coach Kurt Rambis, we'll have to wait and see.