Cavs HC David Blatt Wasn’t Down With the King
Star Player vs. Head Coach, Player Wins Again
We wanted to let the dust to settle before reacting to the David Blatt firing by the Cavaliers. Bottom line, it’s sucks and the blame should rest squarely on the shoulders of LeBron “King” James.
Recap of the Drama
Cavs’ GM David Griffith said this week, James did not explicitly ask for the head coach to be fired. We believe Griffith. But the GM’s statements make the Cavs look worse. If LeBron were a monarch, he would publicly admit that he didn’t respect his coach and wanted assistant coach Tyronn Lue promoted. Instead the “Decision-Maker” passive aggressively undermined Blatt’s authority for more than two years.
SB Nation’s Mike Prada chronicled LeBron’s and Blatt tumultuous relationship. The article reveals players changed plays on their own and assistant coach Tyronn Lue often called timeouts on his own. We appreciate teams that can police themselves, but you can’t conspire behind your head coaches back either.
Let’s not forget, under Blatt’s direction, the Cavs made it to the NBA finals and are 30-11 this season. This is an unwarranted firing. Doug Gottlieb on the CBS Sports Network spoke to Yahoo NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who revealed more about the Cavs dysfunction. Woj suggests that sources around Cleveland believe James is currently out of shape and developed a ‘me first mentality’ after dealing with head coach Eric Spoelstra in Miami.
The Peril of Coach Killers
“F” you LeBron, your sneakers are ugly and so is your hairline. The good news is that the King joins a very select group of NBA players known as ‘coach killers’ Some of your brothers include Magic Johnson (Paul Westphal), Michael Jordan (Doug Collins), Kobe Bryant (Mike D’Antoni) and Dwight Howard (Johnny Davis, Chris Jent, Bobby Hill, Stan Van Gundy, Mike Brown, Bernie Bickerstaff, Mike D’Antoni and Kevin McHale.) Damn, call the FBI, Dwight Howard is a ‘serial killer.’