Cavaliers fire head coach Blatt

Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:26pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

(Reuters) - LeBron James's Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday fired head coach David Blatt, four days after suffering their worst loss of the NBA season, and replaced him with assistant coach Tyronn Lue.

The surprise move to fire the second-year coach, who took Cleveland to the NBA Finals last year, came with the Cavaliers (30-11) holding a 3-1/2 game lead in the East.

"Every decision is made as an answer to the following question: Does it put us in the best position to deliver championships to Northeast Ohio?" General Manager David Griffin told a news conference on Friday.

"It's made because we have a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision of how to use that personnel.

"I'm measuring more than wins and losses ... are we working toward a championship, are we building a championship culture?"

In his first NBA coaching job, Blatt compiled an 83-40 record with the Cavs and reached last year's NBA Finals before falling to the Golden State Warriors.

However, he did not seem to be accepted with full respect by some of the team members, including James.

The Cavaliers are heavy favorites to represent the East again in the NBA Finals but there has been growing concerns over their performance against the top teams in the Western Conference.

Cleveland have lost only two of their last 11 games but one was to the San Antonio Spurs and the other was a crushing 132-98 home loss to defending champions Golden State.   Continued...

June 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt speaks to media following the 104-91 loss against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the NBA Finals. at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports -