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Added January 25th, 2016 by Ian
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First-place Cleveland Cavaliers replace head coach David Blatt

In a bit of an odd move, the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA club has fired head coach David Blatt midway through the season. The oddity of the move is because the team was sitting in first place in the league’s Eastern Conference at the time of the firing with an impressive record of 30-11. In addition, the Cavaliers had won 11 out of their past 13 contests. The basketball club didn’t waste any time in naming a replacement for Blatt though as they announced that his assistant coach Ty Lue would be taking over for him.

Reports out of Cleveland stated that the 38-year-old Lue has already agreed to a three-year contract to assume the head-coaching duties. It’s no secret that the Cavaliers’ top star LeBron James and his player agent have been pushing for the club to name Lue as the head coach for the past year. The 56-year-old Blatt was in just his second season as the club’s coach and had led the squad to a record of 83-40 under his guidance. However, Cleveland was beaten in last year’s NBA championship series by the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Cleveland’s only two defeats in their previous 13 games came at the hands of Golden State and the San Antonio Spurs. However, the loss to the Warriors was a bit of an embarrassing one as Golden State downed them by 34 points just four days before Blatt was relieved of his duties. Blatt becomes just the second NBA head coach to lose his job midway through a season since 2004. Bryan Scott was the other one as he was let go by the New Jersey Nets just a few months after leading his squad to the NBA Championship series. Scott was sacked just before the league’s All-Star game in 2004 when his team was two games above the .500 mark. Scott was also replaced by his assistant as Lawrence Frank took over the reins for New Jersey.

Blatt was hired by the Cavaliers in June of 2014 and given his first shot at a head-coaching job. However, he was named the team’s coach a couple of weeks before James decided to return to Cleveland from the Miami Heat. It’s possible that Blatt might not have been named head coach if James had returned to Cleveland a few weeks earlier. Blatt’s previous head-coaching experience was gained in the Euroleague. He had been working with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel before the Cavaliers came calling. Blatt was also the head coach of the Russian National Team in 2012 and guided the side to a bronze medal at 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

 
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