Former Cavaliers HC David Blatt Hoping for Second Chance in NBA
Despite leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in his first and only full season as an NBA head coach, David Blatt did not last much longer, being a subject of much criticism, Blatt was subsequently fired just months later.
Despite the up-and-down experience, Blatt still has his eyes set on the prize, and that is to coach at the helm in the NBA again.
“I have an end game and that end game is that I would really like to go back to the NBA,” Blatt told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “There were no changes in the NBA this year from a coaching standpoint and my real goal is to try next year to get back into the league as a head coach. It may happen and it may not happen. But I wanted to leave that door open for myself if the opportunity arises.”
Blatt turned down an opportunity to coach the Israeli giants, Maccabi Tel Aviv on a three-year deal, in order to keep in options open. He will remain as the coach with Darussafaka for at the very least one more season.
“With my long and very good relationship with Maccabi, I just felt that it wouldn’t be right on my part to take over a program that really needs a long term commitment and overhaul and then after one year, if I decide to, take advantage of an option and leave for the NBA,” explained Blatt.
Blatt was a finalist a year ago for a head coaching job with the New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Houston Rockets.