David Blatt’s coaching stint in Cleveland was short, but the Cavs did what they were expected to do: win.
By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (June 23, 2014) — By hiring David Blatt as their new head coach, the Cleveland Cavaliers made one of the most interesting, bold coaching decisions in recent memory.
The 55-year-old Blatt is an accomplished head coach — he led Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to five Israeli League titles in two stints, 2001-03 and 2010-14, plus the Israeli Cup and Euroleague championships this past season — but he hasn’t worked in the NBA. Now he is the first head coach to leave a European pro job for the same one in the NBA. So he remains a bit of a mystery man to casual observers.
Former Philadelphia Sixers general manager Brad Greenberg, who drafted Allen Iverson when he ran the Philly front office, competed against Blatt in Israel over the past two seasons while coaching the…
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