Ex-Cavs coach David Blatt isn’t watching Finals: ‘It’s too hard for me’
Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said during a recent interview that he cannot watch his former team in the NBA Finals, simply stating, “It’s too hard for me.”
Blatt of course was let go by the Cavaliers earlier this season, one year after leading the team to the 2015 NBA Finals. Making the termination arguably all the more surprising at the time is how the Cavaliers were 30-11 when the team cut Blatt loose, although there had been whispers for months that things weren’t working out despite the team’s success.
Blatt was quoted in an interview with Ynet discussing how he’s incapable of watching his former team square off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, as translated in a reddit post.
“Let me tell you the truth,” says David Blatt in an interview for “Yedioth Ahronot“ that will be publish [sic] on Friday in full. “It was hard for me watching the last games. I can’t watch the finals. So I just don’t watch the games and I settle reading the results on the internet. The playoffs I would still watch, but not more than that.”
Following his midseason firing, Blatt ultimately returned to the coaching ranks in Europe — where he had enjoyed enormous success previous to his stint with the Cavaliers. On June 1, he was hired by Darüşşafaka of the Turkish Basketball Super League.
To this day, Blatt remains stupefied over his sudden dismissal, but seems to have taken a pragmatic view of how things played out.
“I can’t think of any reason in the world,” Blatt said. “Maybe for them, thinking forward, I wasn’t the person to lead. It hurt me very bad. It surprised me, I didn’t feel well, but you move on. There are disappointment in life, the question is what do you do when you take a blow. I could have coached in the NBA next season. It’s more about timing . Sometimes great coaches have to sit outside.”
Even if Blatt is still so unhappy over his firing that he can’t even watch the Cavaliers in the Finals, it does not mean he has completely cut ties with the team, as his coaching replacement, Tyronn Lue, said Blatt reached out to him earlier in the postseason to show his support.