The NBA came into shock when David Blatt was fired days ago. The NBA coach who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA finals last season, and despite leading the team to a 30-11 record (no.1 in the East) on an injury laden lineup, he still came out unemployed.
It was mind boggling to be coaching so good and yet still lost his job. It was no easy task to please Lebron James and the same time win games. We all know the basketball hierarchy on coaches and players, the coach should be on top of everything else and not to be influence by his players. But this is Lebron James. Beyond the fairy tale comeback to Cleveland, James made a clear point to Dan Gilbert (Cavs Owner)… this is going to be his team and everything comes through him. This was an unspoken deal – the power to do whatever that pleases him.
Something he can’t do in Miami with Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra.
Stories have already popped out about Blatt’s incompetence, on how he was so disconnected to his players and that Lebron had nothing to do with his firing. It was becoming to be a cliché with former Cavs coaches in Mike Brown and Byron Scott having the same fate. We don’t know what the real reason behind Blatt’s firing is. But it is very unlikely to know, Lebron has no knowledge of it.
Michael Jordan on his final season with the Bulls tried to persuade the Management to renew Phil Jackson’s contract but was left in deaf ears until he decided to retire. But this is the new NBA… owners will give every superstar the power for the sake of business. The star will fill up the bleachers and generate income while the owner give them everything they want.
Lebron runs this organization, from contracts to coaches. It’s just the way it is now.
This is the unspoken truth and a sad reality.