The firing of David Blatt during the middle of the 2015-16 season was shocking, to say the least. In his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Blatt led the Cavs to a 30-11 record heading into the All-Star break before being replaced by assistant Tyronn Lue.
In a report from Jason Llyod of the Akron Beacon Journal, the organization is ordering a championship ring for Blatt, who is currently coaching in Turkey with Darüsşafaka Doğuş after a year-and-a-half with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The firing came because of multiple things, with one being that the players responded better to Lue, who wasn’t afraid to go head-up with LeBron James if there was a disagreement with something. Post All-Star break, the Cavaliers looked like a different team. As they rolled through the East and faced Golden State in the Finals, they became the first team ever to come back from a 3-1 lead on that stage, and they brought a title back to the Land for the first time in 52 years.
Blatt also had great success with the team in his first season. With a rookie NBA head coach at the helm, Blatt guided Cleveland to a 53-29 record and an Eastern Conference championship. They met with Golden State in the 2015 Finals but fell in six games, largely due to the lack of help around James, who was missing both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
Needless to say, this is a very nice gesture from the Cavaliers, and the ring ceremony will be on October 25 before Cleveland takes on the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena.
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