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Cavaliers coach David Blatt: ‘This war is Israel’s most justified war I can remember in recent years’

Aug 4, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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David Blatt coached Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel before becoming the Cavaliers’ head coach. He is American-born and Jewish. He also holds dual-citizenship in the United States and Israel, and while he is here coaching his family has remained in Israel.

There, I think we established most of Blatt’s relevant biases up front.

Blatt recently gave his opinion on the conflict in Israel. Blatt, in a Q&A with Yoav Borovitch of Globes, an Israeli publication:

Do you support the operation?

“Absolutely. In my opinion, this war is Israel’s most justified war I can remember in recent years. I’m really sorry about what’s happening in Gaza, but there’s no doubt that we had to act there, so that Israel will have quiet there once and for all, and we can live in peace.”

Do you feel support for Israel in the US?

“There’s support, although sometimes it’s not enough. In my opinion, though, there’s more support this time than before.”

Many people want professional athletes and coaches to use their platforms for political purposes. Michael Jordan received a lot of criticism for his “Republicans buy sneakers, too” quote (which he might never have said).

But for those who want their sports figures to delve into politics, there’s typically a subtext to the desire – only when the athlete or coach takes the popular stance. Athletes like Muhammad Ali have seen their reputation enhanced over time as their political views have become more accepted. During his career, Ali was not viewed nearly as favorably.

In that reality, Blatt puts himself squarely on the line.

Opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the United States and abroad, is divided. Blatt will gain supporters and enemies with his quote.

Maybe Blatt is too close to the situation. Maybe he’s too far removed.

Maybe his perspective is better than ours. Maybe it’s worse.

Maybe he’s right. Maybe he’s wrong.

Regardless, Blatt is putting himself out there in a way few NBA coaches do.

114 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ashoreinhawaii - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Sick and tired of billions and billions of US tax dollars going to Israel to kill little brown kids and steal their land just because our pols are bought out by AIPAC.

    • redbaronx - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      @ashoreinhawaii – Right, because the billions of dollars hasn’t gone into weapons that help our military right? Like Iron Dome or HUD displays that our fighter pilots use. And all that money does nothing to protect Israel against the billions that come from Iran and Russia in the form of rockets to rain on Israel in the tens of thousands.

      All that money is just to “kill little brown kids” right? You’re pathetic!

      • stayhigh_247 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        you’re delusional

      • redbaronx - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        @stayhigh_247 – And the intellect of your comment without any kind of actual dialog on a scale of 1 to 10 is a ZERO! Do you have any original thoughts or do you just spew your loser comments?

  2. mahhelo - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Enjoy @reddipsht

  3. saintlaron - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Hamas works for Israel. When u create the problem you then can create the solution. Same crap that happened in Iraq; Sell weapons, then supposedly invade for weapons. Create a situation, then ‘fix’ a situation.

    Until people realize that the media is bought & paid for by the same conflict orchestrators(“white” supremacy) nothing will ever change on this planet.

  4. aminopp - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    why don’t you listen to what the probably most famous Isreali reporter has to say about the conflict:

  5. aminopp - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    do those guys look like terrorist to you??

  6. mahhelo - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    You asked for proof @red.. and I gave it to you. No comment? You still believe Palestine started this conflict?

  7. iamlikewater - Oct 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    2 mind blowing facts :

    1 . sterling is a huge israel hater with over 100 quotes against israel !

    2 . why david blatt supportes the idf ? please google the term “pallywood” and read at least 3 different websites you get on this – i assure you your mind will be blown

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