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David Blatt Tabbed as Cavaliers' Head Coach

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hire former Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach Davild Blatt.

David Blatt Tabbed as Cavaliers' Head Coach

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According Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Cavailers have hired longtime Euroleague coach David Blatt as their new head coach. Blatt and the Cavaliers have agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $20 million.

One question: Who is David Blatt?      

In Blatt, the Cavaliers are hiring one of the most successful American coaches in Euroleague history. He has coached in five different countries including Israel, Russia, Italy, Greece and Turkey and won championships in six different European leagues. In addition, Blatt coached the Russian national team from 2006-2012 and led them to a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

In his 21-year coaching career, Blatt has compiled an impressive 309-113 domestic league record. In Euroleague and Euro Cup competition, Blatt's teams are 136-96. He most recently led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Israeli Super League and Euroleague titles this past season. The man can coach.

Blatt played his college basketball at Princeton University as a point guard under Princeton offense guru, Pete Carril. After graduation, Blatt went onto play in the Israeli Super League for 13 seasons. 

The question is now can he translate his tremendous success in Europe to the NBA? Blatt will have solid some talent to work with on the Cavaliers, headlined by Kyrie Irving. Also, with the top pick in next week's draft, the Cavs will be able to add another blue chip prospect into the mix.

Blatt should prove to be a solid hiring for the Cavs, given his exceptional track record. Too bad it'll cost them their chances at getting LeBron James back, according to all-knowing Chris Broussard. 

In all seriousness, it's good to see the Cavaliers think outside the box with their hiring this time around. It's better than bringing in a coach who has failed miserably in the NBA previously. Cough Mike Brown Cough.

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