Moments before the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court for their 2018 NBA Playoffs opener, one of their former head coaches found himself in the news. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, David Blatt will interview for the New York Knicks head coaching vacancy.
Hired by the Cavs prior to the 2014-15 season, Blatt amassed an 83-40 record in his 123 games in Cleveland. After helping lead the Cavs to the NBA Finals in his first season, the longtime overseas head coach was fired halfway through the 2015-16 campaign, despite laying claim to an Eastern Conference-best 30-11 record.
Although his teams won plenty of games in his time in Cleveland, Blatt -- who was hired prior to the return of LeBron James in free agency in 2014 -- served as a polarizing figure throughout his time in Cleveland. Be it with his players or media, the longtime overseas coach rarely seemed to connect with others in his season-and-a-half in the NBA.
Upon his firing, Blatt returned overseas, where he has coached Darüşşafaka S.K. in the Turkish League for the past two seasons. This past season, his team won the Eurocup championship.
In New York, Blatt would be replacing Jeff Hornacek, who was fired at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. In two seasons with the Knicks, the former NBA shooting guard amassed a 60-104 record.