Despite having the sixth best winning percentage for a coach in NBA history, David Blatt’s first stint in the NBA was rocky. The former Cleveland Cavaliers coach was often viewed as combative with the media and failed to connect with the players on the team.
As a result of this, Blatt was fired mid-season by the Cavs and replaced by Tyronn Lue. Despite the poor experience, it’s clear that Blatt doesn’t view his NBA experience as complete.
Per his interview with the Jerusalem Post, Blatt made it clear that he intends on returning to the NBA:
I have an end game and that end game is that I would really like to go back to the NBA," Blatt told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
"There were no changes in the NBA this year from a coaching standpoint and my real goal is to try next year to get back into the league as a head coach. It may happen and it may not happen. But I wanted to leave that door open for myself if the opportunity arises”
I think it would be good to see Blatt back in the NBA. The Cavs team that he agreed to coach was very different than the one that he ended up coaching and I think he could have done much better with a younger team.
Managing star personalities while being a big personality in his own right created a toxic situation that just didn’t work. It’s hard to project exactly what opportunities will be available this summer, but in a perfect world Blatt would find a young team that is more receptive to his coaching style.