David Blatt explains why he has accepted Cavs championship ring
David Blatt went 83-40 during his 1 1/2 seasons as head coach but was not there when the Cleveland Cavaliers hoisted their first Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.
But despite being fired last season with a 30-11 record, Blatt on Tuesday said he’s accepted the Cavs’ offer to present him a championship ring.
"(Cleveland) offered and I graciously accepted because they presented it to me in a way that was very respectful," Blatt said, via David Pick. "The Cavaliers wanted to give me a ring because the organization felt that I contributed to the championship."
Blatt was hired before LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. The organization then traded for Kevin Love, putting immense expectations on the Cavaliers. The team came up short in the 2015 Finals, falling to the Warriors in six games despite losing Love earlier in the playoffs and Kyrie Irving late in Game 1.
Blatt said the team told him his input helped the Cavs end Cleveland’s 52-year pro title drought.
"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," said Blatt, who is currently coaching in the Turkish Basketball Super League. "The big thing for me was that I felt that they felt that it was earned, not given, therefore I was happy to accept."