In a recent interview with Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was transparent with his thoughts on head coach David Blatt. Here's how Gilbert responded when asked if his faith in Blatt ever wavered:
It really didn't,. I don't care what the expectations were, especially after we changed coaches twice in two years. This was a guy with a long-term record of success. You have to at least give a season, maybe more than just one. I think it would have destabilized the entire franchise and it would have been bad.
I think it's natural when a team has such high expectations, under .500 halfway through the season, they're going to go after a brand new coach. So I don't think it was so much him as it was the situation. You have to go by some of his body of work. This guy won 17 of 21 seasons. He won championships in four or five different countries and brought the Russians to the Olympic medal round.
When we did checks on him, we must have talked to 70 or 80 people, literally. We couldn't find somebody to say a bad word. There's something about him. It's hard to put your finger on it, but there's something about him. He's a good soul and he knows how to get these guys to love each other, to play for the team. That to me is the most important thing.
It's a lot easier to go on the offensive when you're playing .500 ball the same way it's easy to applaud when you're headed to the NBA Finals. Taking a LeBron-led team to the Finals isn't the most miraculous feat, but doing so while dealing with some pretty big injury issues as a #2 seed sweeping the #1 seed should add a few high marks for Blatt.