NBA Rumors: David Blatt, the new Lakers head coach?

NBA Rumors: David Blatt, the new Lakers head coach?

The Los Angeles Lakers’ search for a new head coach became the center of rumors after the team fired Byron Scott. According to Lakers Nation, the Lakers are planning to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt for the vacant position.

Blatt was controversially fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in January after posting 30-11 record at the start of the season. There were rumors that Cavaliers star LeBron James was the man behind firing Blatt but James denied the accusation.

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Many were surprised about the decision of the Cavaliers to fire a coach that led them to the last year’s NBA Finals despite having two injured players in their lineup, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronne Lue expected that his friend and mentor, David Blatt, will be having a job in the NBA soon, saying that the man deserves a place in the league.

”He definitely deserves another chance,” Lue said via Yahoo Sports. ”I thought Coach Blatt did a great and phenomenal job here. He taught me a lot. Just being friends with him and getting a chance to understand him was great for me. I know a lot of guys around here, we talked about it the other day, they miss him and his presence.”

“Hopefully, he gets another job in this league because he deserves it.”

David Blatt gained a lot of experience coaching overseas before he entered the NBA. He was also chosen by the Cavaliers to help bring their young team together meaning he can do the same to the Lakers’ future stars including D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

The Lakers are expected to sign a superstar in the upcoming off-season so it will not be a problem with Blatt, since he already handled players like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

However, the Lakers coaching position is still in a tough competition. Among the other candidates are Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy and Ettore Mesina.

There are no specific details yet on when the Lakers will announce their new head coach but for sure it will really be a challenging role for whoever will be chosen since he will be the one leading the Lakers in the post-Kobe Bryant era.

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