Ex-Cavs coach David Blatt contacted Tyronn Lue to show support
The Cleveland Cavaliers have become an unstoppable force in these NBA Playoffs, going undefeated in the postseason while rattling off 10 consecutive victories after throttling the Toronto Raptors by a score of 108-89 in Thursday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals
Running roughshod over the competition has made the Cavaliers the new trendy pick to win the NBA title — much to LeBron James’ chagrin — and this has brought upon praise, accolades and admiration from all corners of the NBA world. But Tyronn Lue also revealed that he received words of encouragement and support from a surprising source: David Blatt.
The former Cavaliers head coach was of course fired on Jan. 22 despite the fact the team boasted the Eastern Conference’s best record at the time (30-11), so the significance of how he selflessly reached out to voice his support for his former assistant wasn’t lost on Lue.
“He’s just a good person,” Lue told cleveland.com. “Always encouraging, always supportive. He just said how proud he was of me and what we’re doing, and that means a lot coming from him. His friendship is something I truly appreciate and value.”
The phone call placed by Blatt — who reportedly has been drawing interest from a handful of NBA teams regarding their vacant head coaching positions — occurred while the Cavaliers were in Atlanta to face the Hawks in their second-round series. Lue said it was the first time he has spoken to Blatt “in some time.”
It’s also noted in the report that the two haven’t seen each other since Blatt was fired, although the two were supposed to meet up for lunch but couldn’t coordinate their schedules.
The Cavaliers not only have become a more cohesive unit under Lue’s watch, they’ve become incredibly dominant, at times unstoppable. The fact that James seems to fully back Lue certainly helps matters.
But for Lue, the fact that Blatt was thoughtful enough to reach out despite the unceremonious end to his coaching career with the Cavs obviously meant a lot to his replacement.
“When it comes from [Blatt], it means more,” he said. “That’s my guy. He’s always been in my corner.”