Dan Gilbert was on hand to watch a match-up that featured two of the top rookies from the 2013 draft class (Delly and Antetokounmpo) and the top two rookies (so far) from the 2014 draft class. Cleveland started the fourth quarter on a 15-4 run in the first eight minutes and survived a Nate Wolters three point attempt as time expired to win an ugly game which featured 37 turnovers and sub 40-percent shooting. It was a reported 80+ degree on the floor and both teams had been going through two-a-day practices for the last several days. Fatigue showed for each squad, but still, there was a buzz in the sold out Cox Pavillion.
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1.) Your favorite NBA finals moment was?
Tom: Ginobili’s dunk on Bosh. Had I been in San Antonio I would have rushed the court. Before security could get to me I’d have run up to Bosh to say “good job, good effort!” I’d do LeBron’s push-up dance as I was being hauled off. Maybe sneak an elbow to the nuts on Ray Ray in revenge for Varejao. #neverforget
Ben: Manu’s leap-back 3 (steps don’t cover 8 feet) with the crowd already delirious from his Throwback-Throwdown. As I was still bouncing around from the dunk, I just started giggling when I saw him gather his footwork. There are some shots that you just know are going in.
Can you believe it – we’re a mere FOUR days from the 2014 NBA draft! Embiid is injured, Blatt is the head coach, and no one (including the front office) has a clue WHAT to do with the number one overall pick. Nate, Ben, and I do, though. So we hopped on the line to discuss the new head coach hire, who the Cavs should draft (and whether or not they should trade the pick), what will happen to Embiid, and what other surprises the draft holds.
The podcast can be found on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/cavstheblog/0050-new-coach-new-draft-same-podcast
The Cavaliers five-week long coaching search finally came to an end Thursday with the team offering the position to former Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach, David Blatt. An agreement has not yet been reached, but is expected soon.
General Manager, David Griffin, and Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert, were pressed to make a decision Thursday before Blatt could meet with the Golden State Warriors, who were interested in bringing Blatt aboard as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant. Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach, Tyronn Lue, also impressed the Cavs in his two interviews with the team and was reported to be the other front-runner for the job. But, in the end, the Cavs chose Blatt, who will become the first coach to go directly from coaching overseas to a head coaching job in the NBA.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.
Euroleague icon David Blatt has emerged as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ choice to become head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports on Thursday.
Contract discussions are expected to begin soon and could result in a deal, league sources said…
The field had been narrowed to Tyron Lue and Blatt, and Dan Gilbert and David Griffin reportedly chose Blatt. David Blatt has coached in Russia, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and most recently at Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Blatt coached Maccabi to an upset over Spain in the 2014 Euroleague championship, and also guided Russia to a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics. We will report more news as it becomes available.
Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…
1.) If, as reported, the Cavs have interest in Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach, David Blatt, then this past Wednesday was an important day. June 11th marked the end of Maccabi Electra’s season where they lost to Maccabi Haifa 84-82, but still won the club’s 51st Israeli League championship on account of winning the first of two Finals games with Haifa by four points.
I’ll repeat: they lost the game, but still won the championship.