NBA Rumors: Lakers, Knicks in tug-of-war for former LeBron James’ coach David Blatt?

NBA Rumors: Lakers, Knicks in tug-of-war for former LeBron James’ coach David Blatt?

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are reportedly trying to acquire David Blatt as both franchises look for their head coaches or improve their coaching staff in the latest rounds of NBA rumors this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports claims that Blatt has already talked with Phil Jackson, the president of the New York Knicks.

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The New York Post adds that the Knicks have been trying to reach Blatt for an interview since last week. It reports that Blatt can serve as an assistant to Kurt Rambis, who took over the head coaching job in New York after the Knicks fired Jackson’s former player, Derek Fisher.

However, the is reporting that the Lakers is also trying to get a meeting with Blatt for their head coaching job.

The Lakers have been linked to a lot of NBA rumors and names including Fisher, Jackson, Tom Thibodeau, who already signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, veteran coach and broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy and Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton.

Blatt, who is an Israeli-American, was the head coach of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers last year and the first half of this season.

A respected coach in Europe with many titles there, he is best remembered as the coach who helped the Cavs reach the NBA Finals last year but also as the mentor, who was undermined by LeBron James in his stint in Cleveland and who was eventually fired by LeBron James.

With the NBA rumors linking him to the Lakers and Knicks, it will only be a matter of time before he gets another head coaching job in the NBA.

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