In a way, the Cleveland Cavaliers have to thank David Blatt for his part in their championship season. The funny thing is, the coach wasn’t around to see their goal come to fruition.
The former Euroleague coach was replaced by Tyronn Lue at the midway point of the Cavs’ most recent season. Despite this fact, he is getting some jewelry as a parting gift from the organisation as reported by the Akron Beacon Journal.
The 57-year-old is now the coach of the Darüsşafaka Doğuş in Turkey. The path to him ending up back on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is a winding one.
Maccabi Tel Aviv’s vaunted former head man was hired in the summer of 2014 to replace Mike Brown as coach.
The team had struggled mightily in Brown’s last season and they expected Blatt to nurture the young talent of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson.
Things got kind of weird for Blatt once LeBron James decided to come home and suddenly he was not the coach of a rebuilding unit but was instead leading a championship contender.
Even more shakeup was introduced when the club traded Wiggins for Kevin Love in the same summer.
All of these changes led to the coach getting more than he bargained for in the 2014-15 season. But, he still led his squad to the NBA Finals in 2015, where they fell to the Golden State Warriors after a bout of bad injury luck and a great team.
Those same Warriors were a big reason why he lost his coach’s chair as he never quite got the roster to perform at full potential against Steph Curry and his teammates.
But, it all worked out in the end as the organisation gets their championship and Blatt gets some credit for his work.