Cleveland Cavaliers Hire David Blatt at Next Head Coach

As we reported last night was probable has now become fact: The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired David Blatt as their next head coach.

So we have it confirmed by his agency. Woj loves him. Zach Lowe likes him and notes him as a task master. All and all most of the opinions of his hiring have been very positive. Chris Broussard believes the Cavs should of waited to talk to LeBron James before hiring a coach but a team needs to have their system in place. Sam Amico even noted as much this morning:

That is a great thing for the team. Do not let your players run your organization. Have faith in your people making solid decisions for your organization. The Cavs needed a coach who could coach not one who was friends of LeBron. If he was both all the better. Yet the Cavaliers know they don’t know what James is thinking and will need to move forward hoping to bring in a player of his magnitude but have a plan in place to run with regularly.

Blatt runs a Princeton type offense, with ball and player movement vital. This matches up with the Spurs offensive model that won the Championship. That he is a task master will be interesting as he looks to break down Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and the rest of the young Cavs and make them competitive.

Here is a quick video of Blatt that shoes his competitive streak:

That may not work in the NBA but it shows a coach who is willing to make the hard choices. Players that have played for him swear by him. Anthony Parker and Vinny Del Negro are already noted as possible assistants under him as well as the possibility of bringing in Tyronn Lue or Mark Price into a higher position then they currently have.

What are your thoughts on Blatt?

Here are my quick personal thoughts:

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers David Blatt

  • Joe

    Anthony Parker swears by him and should be considered for a coaching position.
    Jim Cleamons and Shane Battier should also be offered positions.
    NBA basketball is one of the simplest games.
    Great court strategy is of little benefit.
    What matters in coaching is how well the coach:
    Adjusts to game conditions
    Communicates with young, inexperienced men
    Maintains composure
    Establishes rapport with very young men
    Inspires confidence
    Considers the talents, skills, and limitations of his players in deciding how to play the game

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, 2014-15, is a deeply talented group of very young men who need a mature leader to determine how to fit the pieces together to form a successful team.
    David Blatt may be just that man.

  • Jarod Cook

    I like this hire. It shows the organization is starting to think out of the box. Not recycling the same head coaches how couldn’t keep their jobs at other organizations. The big issue’s going to be getting players to buy into his system. Players like Irving and Waiters with ball hog mentalities, will have trouble in a Princeton style offense. I hope he can whip them into shape and not let them walk all over him like Brown did. Although I think they’ll like playing under a more offensive minded coach like Blatt.

    Now that the coach is decided they need to plan for the draft and around his philosophy. Don’t worry about FA and who will possibly be there, look at the players you have and who you can draft. It looks more and more likely that a trade is in the works. The Cavs are in a win now mentality and getting a player+a top 5 pick in this draft for the #1 pick is a win/win situation. With Embiid having medical flags popping up left and right. And adding Wiggins or Parker to go with Irving or Waiters, there wouldn’t be enough balls to go around. So getting some additional assets makes more sense then staying at #1. I think they’re still targeting a front court presences. So trading down to 3-5 and drafting a high upside player like Vonleh or a NBA ready player like Randell makes sense.

    I had to laugh when i saw articles on ESPN and other sites about how the Cavs should’ve asked LeBron who should be the coach. Like his opinion matters. If he wants to come back fine that makes the team all the better. But the front office was looking at the players they have now, and who was available in the draft, and choose a coach who can work with those pieces. I personally think they made the right choice, and hope it works out.