David Blatt Says He'll Be Back to Coach LeBron, Cavs Next Season

David Blatt Says He'll Be Back to Coach LeBron, Cavs Next Season

Reaffirms that there's no issues between he and King James.

Published June 19, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers fell short of winning the NBA title earlier in the week and despite continued reports that LeBron James doesn't see eye-to-eye with his coach, David Blatt said he "absolutely" will be back with the Cavs next season.

Speaking to the press Thursday, Blatt said he can't wait until the start of the 2015-16 season, which will be his second year as an NBA coach.

"To be able to hit the ground running next year with all or most of our roster intact will be just an enormous advantage," Blatt told the media, as reported by USA Today Sports.

Blatt's reaffirming his status as head coach of the Cavs comes after ESPN published a story earlier in the same day, saying James emasculated Blatt during the NBA Finals, "calling timeouts and making substitutions," while barking at the coach and in one instance, "shaking his head loudest nonverbal scolding you could imagine."

On Thursday afternoon, Blatt said it's all blown out of proportion.

"People sometimes judge things on a game or on a period of time and they forget that we're in there working together and striving to make the utmost of our team and of our situation day to day," Blatt said. "And a bond develops over time that is a lot more than what meets the eye. I can just tell you it's been a fantastic experience, and I'm looking forward to continuing it." 


Cavs general manager David Griffin defended Blatt as well.

"Relative to the tone of the stories, I really don't care," Griffin said. "I think sensational sells now, and certainly with a team like ours the more sensational the better. LeBron himself said, I think it was June 1, LeBron himself said he thinks coach has done a hell of a job. So if you want to use his actual words, that's what the man said."

In his first year as an NBA coach, Blatt led the Cavs to a 53-29 record before coming up short in the Finals without star players Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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