There have been a few big ticket names linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers vacant head coaching position: George Karl, Mark Jackson and Mark Price to name a few. But after weeks of speculation it appears the next Cavs head coach could be a rookie. Well, kind of.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Cleveland has its sites set on ‘Euroleague icon’ David Blatt.
Talks between the two sides have apparently intensified as of late because Blatt was reportedly ready to accept an assistant position with the Golden State Warriors. So now the Cavs are scrambling to put an offer together that could make him their next head coach.
Blatt has apparently enjoyed tons of success overseas, winning the 2007 Eurobasket championship with Russia, and also a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.
I use the word ‘apparently’ because let’s be honest — very few Americans pay attention to basketball in Europe. Why? Because it’s the minor leagues. That’s where players go when they’re not good enough to play in the NBA.
But from what you can gather, Blatt is about as good as it gets when it comes to overseas coaches. How that makes him a better candidate than the likes of Jackson and Karl? Is beyond me.
Furthermore, do the Cavs really think LeBron James will be impressed by this hire? You get the feeling that they must not be counting on The King’s return, because he surely wouldn’t approve of the hiring of a rookie NBA head coach.
Blatt might be great in America. He might be terrible. But at this point in time his potential hiring in Cleveland is a bit of a head-scratcher.