Given the way that David Blatt was relieved of his duties with the Cleveland Cavaliers back in January 2016, most would feel that his jovial comments towards his former employer’s current form is richly deserved.
Blatt, now the head coach at Darussafaka Istanbul is leading the World Team in Sunday’s All-Star game against Team Turkey. Traditionally, All-Star games are always high scoring affairs, with emphasis on offence and little defence.
With that said, Blatt used his opportunity to troll the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are currently enduring a mini-slump with six losses in their last eight matches, including a 148-124 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
“I hope we don’t give up as many points as Cleveland did last night,” Blatt said before the Turkish All-Star game, referring to the Cavs’ loss to the Thunder.
Despite guiding Cleveland to the NBA Finals in his first season in charge back in 2015, and leading them to an Eastern Conference’s best record of 30-11 in 2016, Blatt was fired as head coach with general manager David Griffin citing “a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision.”.
Cavs assistant and a close friend of LeBron James, Tyronn Lue took over as head coach and with half the work done by Blatt, led Cleaveland to an NBA championship in that year.