No longer the new kid on the block

One can hardly blame the NBA establishment, whether it be the media, veteran coaches or star players, for struggling to accept David Blatt’s presence.

Not only did the Boston-born Israeli take one of only 30 head coaching positions in the league, but he became the envy of almost all his colleagues after being hired to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2014.

The return of four-time MVP LeBron James to Ohio and the signing of All-Star Kevin Love shortly after piled the pressure on Blatt, who was rumored to be on the verge of being sacked at the beginning of the year.


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