Cavs Fire Coach David Blatt, Did Superstar LeBron James Play a Role?
The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt on Friday, even though he guided the team to the NBA Finals last season and a 30-11 record so far this year.
The NBA is a tough league. But as far as we can tell, no coach has been fired under similar circumstances before.
Yes, the Cavs were embarrassed on Monday by the Warriors, 132-98. But one bad regular-season loss isn’t usually enough to doom a coach. It’s reasonable to ask whether the overt tension between Blatt and superstar LeBron James played a role because there’s not really a good precedent for something like this happening. (James was reportedly not consulted about Blatt’s firing.) Read more on this story at Five Thirty Eight.
According to WKYC, LeBron James did not make the decision to fire Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt and promote assistant Tyronn Lue, and General Manager David Griffin wanted to be clear during his press conference to announce the move on Friday.
Griffin made the choice to let Blatt go despite the Cavaliers having a 30-11 record, a three-game lead over the Toronto Raptors in the
Eastern Conference standings and a six-game edge over the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division.
“I didn’t talk to any of the players before this decision,” Griffin said, flatly. “It’s really critical to me for everybody to understand this is my decision. It was our basketball staff’s decision. I had a conversation with ownership where I got their approval to make this move.
“I’m not taking a poll. My job’s to lead a franchise and to lead an organization where it needs to go, and that’s what I’m tasked with doing and that’s what I did. I didn’t ask anyone’s opinion on the team. I’m in the locker room. I’ve done this a long time, and I know what it’s supposed to feel like. I didn’t need to ask questions.” Continue reading…
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