Despite the rumors that there is a great divide between Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and head coach David Blatt, there is a huge chance that Blatt will return next season. In fact, Chris Broussard at ESPN.com reports it is “highly likely” that Blatt will be back.
"David Blatt, I'm told, is highly likely to return to Cleveland. Management wants him back. Ownership wants him back,” Broussard wrote Monday. "The players feel this way: They like him as a person, but the veteran players saw some deficiencies. They saw he didn't really make adjustments during games. They thought his defensive philosophy wasn't good. It wasn't until Tyronn Lue really took over defensively that they improved on that end."
Broussard added that James believes there are other NBA coaches with better experience than Blatt, but James won’t get involved in whether or not the team keeps the coach. The Cavaliers, despite injuries to key players Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, still won the league's Eastern Conference championship before losing the 2015 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The 56-year-old Blatt, who has rich international coaching experience but was a rookie NBA coach with the Cavaliers last year, went 53-29 in the regular season and 14-6 in the playoffs.