Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt is not willing to sit idle. NBA is his top priority, but if he doesn’t get an assignment as a head coach in the league, he would consider the overseas offer. Blatt was widely expected to take charge as the New York Knicks’ boss, but Phil Jackson and company chose Jeff Hornacek over him for the post. The Spanish giants Barcelona has shown interest to hire Blatt. In a recent interview, the former Cavs’ coach revealed that he is reluctant to work as an associate or assistant coach in the NBA.
“I don’t see myself not being a head coach somewhere but you never know,” he said. In 23 years as a coach, Blatt has never taken a full season off, according to the USA Today.
“I’m going to coach next year. I’m not going to sit out. It’s not in my nature. I want to work,” he said. “I’ll be back somewhere. Could be anywhere.”
Is he considering the overseas offer? The nomadic coach of NBA also had stints in Turkey, Russia, Israel, Greece and Italy. It doesn’t look like Blatt will get a top job in the NBA for the 2016-17 season.
“I went through the interview process, and I sincerely hoped to get a job,” he said. “It didn’t work out, and I’m looking ahead. That’s all.”
Blatt also categorically pointed out the difference between coaching in the NBA and coaching in Europe. According to the experienced coach, the NBA is much more a players’ show.
“The role of the coach is much larger as far as impact and persona,” Blatt said. “It’s much more of a coaches’ show. In the NBA, it’s a players’ show.”
Blatt still feels that the Cavs are the favorites to win the championship this season. Under him, LeBron James and company featured in the NBA finals last season. Asked about how he handled the Cavs’ firing, Blatt was candid.
“If you’re a coach, you’re going to get hit in the head once in a while. Believe in yourself. Never give up. Keep striving.”
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