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Report: David Blatt advised to become Warriors assistant over Cavaliers head coach

Jun 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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David Blatt left Maccabi Tel Aviv to join the NBA, even though he didn’t know where in the NBA he’d land.

He was trying to become the Cavaliers head coach, but working as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant with the Warriors was a fallback.

Maybe – even after interviewing with Cleveland – he could reverse his priorities.

David Pick of

First of all, there’s no guarantee Blatt even has the option to choose between the jobs.

The Cavaliers have interviewed Alvin Gentry and Tyronn Lue twice. Mark Price interviewed once and might get a second interview. Even after Price’s initial interview, Mark Jackson emerged as a possibility.

There are a lot of names in the hat. Blatt’s is only one.

There’s also no telling whether Blatt is listening to those advisers. Presumably, the Warriors job is on the table to take at any time. If he really wanted it most, he could probably already have it.

But if he ultimately bypasses the Cleveland process to become an assistant elsewhere, that would be a huge slap in the face to Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers. It’s one thing when John Calipari takes Kentucky’s money rather than yours, but a coach with no NBA experience preferring to be an assistant elsewhere rather than your head coach? Yikes.

It makes me wonder, have the Cavs not hired a coach yet because they’re still deciding on the best choice, or can they not convince someone to take the job?

Blatt would be strong choice for the Cavaliers, and as Pick reported, their interview went well. But it sounds as if both sides need to impress each other.

  1. brookwell2013 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    The Cavs are, have been, and will continue to be a dumpster fire. I don’t care how many lottery picks they have, their front office and ownership don’t have the foggiest idea what they are doing. Blatt should stay far, far away from Cleveland.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      its always a good time to sell an NBA team. heck..even the Cavs is worth at 1 billion dollars. Gilbert should sell the team…new owner changes colors and nickname…fire all trainers…all the way down to the janitor. a complete rebuild.

      …while they are at it….do the exact same to the Browns…

      • loungefly74 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        …and i like the Cavs!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      yeah well, on other threads folks on here are talking about the good young players on the Cavs and that Lebron will be coming.

      I say to play for Gilbert?

      NO WAY Lebron goes to Cleveland with Gilbert owning the team.

      You’re right that it’s a dumpster fire.

      LBJ KNOWS this.

      others still think Lebron might actually go there.

      there’s a sucker born every minute.

  2. campcouch - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Or maybe they’re know that they’re still on the hook for Brown and Scott’s contracts and don’t want to hire a coach that they’ll have to can in two years. A NBA head coaching job isn’t easy to come by no matter where it is. Obviously guys are interested if they come in for the interview and then come back. GS might be a good move for him though,because if Kerr stumbles,they’ll have an experienced coach who knows the offense ready to step in.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      what you said makes sense…

      for two reasons.

      1st, it’s correct

      2nd, it makes sense because it has 3 thumbs down to only one thumb up right now…

      the majority on here must be the ones that voted for obama twice…

  3. mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Perhaps they haven’t picked a coach because they haven’t had approval from one particular player or more than one. It could be someone on the team now, or…

  4. blantoncollier - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Or perhaps, they had a good conversation and the Cavs realized he isnt ready to be an NBA head coach?

    A good conversation doesnt mean he was offered the job and he declined it.

    As to Mark Jackson—just yesterday Jackson stated he wasnt contacted by the Cavs.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      he’s as ready if not more ready than Jason Kidd was or Steve Kerr…

      he just isn’t dumb enough to actually work in Gilbert’s dumpster fire…

      although I wonder why he hasn’t taken the Warriors position yet…

  5. blantoncollier - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Then again Adrain Wojnarowski Tweeted Blatt is the front runner along with Tyron Lue…

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