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Report: Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt a possible candidate for Cavaliers head coach

Jun 6, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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Steve Kerr has a great eye for potential assistant coaches.

Which explains explains both why he keeps targeting candidates who could have more prestigious options and why the Warriors will have a hard time landing them.

Whether it’s Alvin Gentry or David Blatt, Golden State wants to make someone with head-coaching opportunities into an assistant.

Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer:

Two NBA sources indicated on Friday that Blatt, who has interviewed for assistant coaching positions with Golden State and Minnesota, may be a candidate for the Cavs head coaching vacancy.

This would be a solid, out-side-the-box hire for Cleveland.

Blatt – the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv who led Russia to the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics – is renowned for his innovative offense. I’d love to see Kyrie Irving running it, and Blatt could be the coach who pushes the young point guard to the next level.

I’m not sure an assistant job would lure Blatt, a Massachusetts native, back stateside. But an NBA head-coaching position should certainly intrigue him.

First, he’ll probably have to sell the Cavaliers he’s up for the job. They’ve already reportedly interviewed Adrian Griffin, Tyronn Lue, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry and Vinny Del Negro. It’s a deep field, and if Blatt gets the job, that would strongly indicate he’s earned it.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Pretty sure the Olympic bronze-medal-winning coach can do better than being Kerr’s lackey or CLE.

    • jpstyles314 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      All he has to do is get his foot in the door.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:47 AM

        That’s not a problem, dude is highly respected.
        If 0-experience Kerr can get an HC job, this cat can too, and a better one than CLE.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    We always talk about euro players bringing a euro style into an American system, I’d love to see American style in a euro system!

  3. campcouch - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    It’s be nice if Cleveland hired a pro head coach that wasn’t an NBA retread and brought something new to the game. It’d be ironic if Kerr talks this guy up and he pulls a Kerr on him by going to Cleveland lol.

  4. biasedhomer - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    The Chip Kelly of the NBA with this innovative offense. I want to see him hired!

  5. mnwildfan15 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Agent B.S. tryin to get him more money as an assistant

  6. drunkenjunk - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    It’d be nice if Cleveland got this guy, I just really hope for their sake they don’t get Del Negro.

  7. spyder9669 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Innovative offense?

    Basketball has been around for how long now and suddenly some guy is reknowned for his never before seen super special way to put the ball in the hoop?

    Child please.

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