Just another reason the Cleveland Cavaliers will never win a championship. Was David Blatt a top coach in the NBA? No, not at all, not even close. But he had just coached his team to the NBA Finals last season while his team was down it’s second and third players. Not to mention, he had the Cavs in first place in the Eastern Conference at 30-11, and were 8-2 in their last 10 match ups.
Just like Mike Brown a few years back, this firing makes zero sense. In 2010 Brown had his Cavs go 61-21, and then was fired in the offseason. While this year’s team isn’t quite on pace to match that, they’re still the favorites to win the East again. In his one plus seasons in Cleveland, Blatt went 83-40, not too shabby at all.
The trio of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James have barely been together this year, with Love and Irving coming back from their injuries sustained in last years playoffs. Also, with the Cavaliers reportedly looking to trade Kevin Love, things are falling apart at the seams for Cleveland. I’ve never seen a team in such good shape have so many in-house problems.
Team morale seems to be overrated in Cleveland. Take a look at Golden State. Every night they’re having fun and seem to be a tight knit group. Granted they’re on another level compared to the rest of the league, but Cleveland is an elite squad as well.
Kevin Love has been under extreme scrutiny from day one in Cleveland for really no reason. He’s still a solid player and this is the first time he’s ever been on a competent team in the NBA, same with Kyrie Irving. It was expected that they would take a backseat to LeBron James, but they’ve each seemed to take steps back since the King returned.
The hiring of David Blatt was always a questionable decision, but the firing of Blatt is downright embarrassing. This squad is primed to make a deep playoff run and now with the changing of a coach brings a new system and a new mentality to how things will continue to progress in Cleveland. The interim head coach for Cleveland is Tyronn Lue, who was most famous for being the person Allen Iverson stepped over in the NBA Finals. Maybe Lue the new coach will like Kevin Love more or try to get more people involved in the offense. A coaching change always brings a new culture to the locker room, regardless of where the team is in the playoff picture. If Lue can bring a more positive energy to the locker room than Blatt ever did, maybe the Cavs can finally get their first NBA championship.
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