The Cleveland Cavaliers finished their interview with David Blatt but may not be done with their head coaching search, they may not even be done with looking at guys named David. As we have noted here at FoS a number of times, David Fizdale of the Miami Heat was a possibility throughout this process. He is well thought of in the league and reportedly loved by LeBron James so this tweet by Sam Amico is not surprising to us:
Hearing #Cavs' interview w coaching candidate David Blatt today also went well. Team may still want to talk to Heat assistant David Fizdale.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 19, 2014
Now that doesn’t mean he will even get an interview, or will want to interview with the Cavs. Yet the prolonged and extended coaching search does point to the Cavs having some interest in a coach who wasn’t available to speak to them during the early part of the process. Could Fizdale be that guy or was it Blatt getting back over to the States from Europe? Is there a surprise candidate?
After moving quickly last year to rehire Mike Brown the Cavs have decided to go in the opposite direction this year. They also must balance out time with NBA Draft prospects along with their interviews for coaches.
Many will point to Fizdale as a purely James related hire, and there would be some merit to that. Yet Fizdale does seem ready to stand out on his own, whether it is this year or next expect him to get the call to the big chair. The Cavs are looking to make a winning culture and the best team possible. If Fizdale is that guy his relationship with LeBron, who could help the Cavs as well, couldn’t hurt either.
If they hire Fizdale in an attempt to get James that is a poor decision. If they hire Fizdale, Blatt, Tyronn Lue or some mystery guy because they believe he is the best for the job, and that person could help get the best player in the league to Cleveland, then we all win.
What do you think of Fizdale’s candidacy?