David Blatt: ‘I’ve won everywhere and I plan to win here’
CLEVELAND — A new era of Cavaliers “Blatt”-sketball has arrived in Cleveland. The Cavaliers formally introduced new head coach David Blatt on Wednesday afternoon at the team’s headquarters.
Blatt played point guard at Princeton University under Basketball Hall of Famer, Pete Carril. His coaching speciality does not fall on one side of the ball. “I’m not an offensive or a defensive coach; I’m a basketball coach,” Blatt said.
The 55-year-old most recently coached perennial Euroleague championship contender Maccabi Tel Aviv, where his team finished with a 54-18 record this season, winning the Israel League, Israeli Cup and the Euroleague Championship.
“I’ve won everywhere and I plan to win here,” said Blatt.
He signed a three-year deal with the Cavs and in the proces, becomes the first European head coach to become an NBA coach.
“I know I’m carrying the torch and I don’t want to drop it,” he said.
Cavs General Manager David Griffin said the team had talks with 11 candidates, which included 5-6 formal interviews, before settling on Blatt.
“David is an innovator. This is somebody who fits us on a variety of levels.”
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