Click here for PDF Edition

2016-10-07 digital edition

ABOUT US   |   ADVERTISE   |   DEADLINES   |   PR INFO   |   SUBMIT   |   DELIVERY   |   CONTACT US  |  FEEDBACK
TODAY in the Jewish World:

Click on logo for link:



Click on logo for link:

The Jewish Press of Tampa and the Jewish Press of Pinellas County are Independently- owned biweekly Jewish community newspapers published in cooperation with and supported by the Tampa JCC & Federation and the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, respectively. Copyright © 2009-2018 The Jewish Press Group of Tampa Bay, Inc., All Rights Reserved.


 

October 7, 2016  RSS feed
World News

Text: T T T

David Blatt, fired as Cavs coach, to get championship ring

(JTA) – David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired as head coach of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers during the season, will accept a championship ring from the team.

Blatt was let go in January, halfway through the 2015-16 season. Under Blatt’s successor, Tyronn Lue, the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to win the crown, defeating the Golden State Warriors.

“[Cleveland] offered and I graciously accepted because they presented it to me in a way that was very respectful,” Blatt told European sports reporter David Pick.

“The Cavaliers wanted to give me a ring because the organization felt that I contributed to the championship. It’s not my championship, I recognize that, but I also feel that I did something there, and I graciously accepted because it was a gracious offer on their part. The big thing for me was that I felt that they felt that it was earned, not given, therefore I was happy to accept,” he said.

Majority owner Dan Gilbert, who is Jewish, reportedly has purchased championship rings for more than 1,000 employees of the Cavs franchise, including security, vendors and janitors.

At the time of Blatt’s dismissal by the Cavaliers, the team had the best record in the Eastern Conference. Some claimed the team’s superstar, LeBron James, undermined the coach.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Blatt returned to Israel to face his former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, which he coached before joining the Cavs, as head coach of the Turkish club Darussafaka Dogus. The Turkish club defeated Maccabi.


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Click ads below for larger version