David Blatt’s second NBA season seemed to be going better than his first. Now, it’s over.
Blatt was fired Friday by the title-chasing Cleveland Cavaliers and replaced by top assistant Tyronn Lue, according to general manager David Griffin.
Blatt had guided Cleveland to the NBA Finals last year, and the Cavs had the Eastern Conference’s best record (30-11) midway through this season, but in discussing the coaching change during a news conference late Friday afternoon, Griffin cited “a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision.”
“What I see is that we need to build a collective spirit, a strength of spirit, a collective will,” Griffin said. “Elite teams always have that, and you see it everywhere. To be truly elite, we have to buy into a set of values and principles that we believe in. That becomes our identity.”
While acknowledging his 24 years spent working in the NBA in varying capacities, Griffin said of the Cavaliers: “I have never seen a locker room not be as connected after wins as they need to be. We’ve only been galvanized when expectations were not high.” [espn]
Daaaamn man! HOW do you get fired mid season of a good season? Is it a great season? Maybe not but it’s definitely not deserving considering that the cavs went to the finals last year and are on pace of going back again.
Maybe I’m just not seeing the logic.