David Blatt’s days as Cleveland Cavaliers coach are numbered. With Cavaliers losing marquee matches to San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors this season, LeBron James has admitted that his team is not ready to contend for a championship.
In such a scenario, Blatt is expected to be the fall guy or the sacrificial lamb. Stephen A Smith, reputed ESPN analyst, broke the story earlier on Tuesday morning. “I am hearing that David Blatt is going to have to go. And you’re going to have to get somebody in here who coach on this level against these NBA coaches, meaning being familiar with what they do and how to combat it,” Smith said on First Take.
Remember, Blatt is still a novice to the NBA-style of coaching after spending two decades in the Euro League. Blatt was hired as Cavaliers coach last season. And very few analysts credited Blatt for Cavaliers reaching the NBA Finals, hailing LeBron as the proxy coach.
Smith also said that Kevin Love’s future in Cleveland is murky. “Or you’re going to have to get rid of Kevin Love and get somebody in here that can play on both sides of the ball. You’re going to have to do one or the other if you’re David Griffin (Cavs GM), Dan Gilbert (Cavs owner), and the Cleveland Cavaliers,” added the NBA insider.
Tyron Lue to replace Blatt?
In the event of Blatt’s firing, associate head coach Tyronn Lue is expected to take over the reins of the team. Lue and LeBron share a very close relationship. During last night’s blowout defeat to Golden State Warriors, LeBron was seen ignoring the head coach, but instead publicly sharing his disgust with Lue, while his teammates got schooled by the defending champions.
In the end, it boils down to respect. Many believe that LeBron James does not respect David Blatt as coach, as indicated by the fact that the superstar inserts himself into the game whenever he pleases and walks away in the same manner. The relationship between the two isn’t expected to get any better.