David Blatt left Maccabi Tel Aviv to take charge of Cleveland Cavaliers as head coach in 2014. He led the Cavs to NBA finals in the 2014-15 season but was fired before the All-star game. Spanish giants Barcelona is showing the keen interest in hiring Blatt.
But the former Cavs head coach wants to stay back in the NBA. Blatt had an interview session with the New York Knicks‘ President, Phil Jackson, last week. He was also interviewed by the Houston Rockets.
The Catalan club has already contacted Blatt to learn about the Israeli-American coach’s willingness to occupy their bench during the next campaign. Xavier Pascual has been a head coach of Barcelona since 2008, as reports the Real GM.
Meanwhile, the Knicks have shortlisted David Blatt along with Frank Vogel and Kurt Rambis as the finalist for the head coach’s post. Experts feel that Blatt is the fittest person to take charge at New York. Firstly, his experience with a star-studded roster would help him to spark a phase of resurrection at the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony will also be happy to see the only Israeli-American coach of the NBA circuit as the knicks boss. Melo wasn’t happy with the idea of promoting interim coach Kurt Rambis to the permanent head coach’s position.
As Phil Jackson is back from a poorly timed vacation, the Knicks‘ head coach vacancy could be filled up within three days. Coaching the Knicks has become the toughest assignment in the league for the past 20 years, but the way Blatt handled injuries and the star egos to lead the Cavs to the NBA finals, it seems that he is the fittest man to guide this Knicks team back to the playoffs in 2017.
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