Ex-Israeli coach David Blatt hired to lead NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers

Recently resigned Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt has accepted a coaching job with NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, sources report. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Coach David Blatt, who spearheaded the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv to a Euroleague championship this season, accepted a head-coaching job with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday

The 55-year-old Blatt hails from Massachusetts and played at Princeton University under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carill. Other than coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv, Blatt also coached in Greece, Russia, and Turkey over a 20-year career. He coached the Russian national team to the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in London.

“I'm not leaving Maccabi for a bigger contract. I'm not necessarily leaving for a better place. I'm leaving to follow my dream [to coach in the NBA]," Blatt had said after announcing his resignation from coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv earlier this month, reported the Jerusalem Post.

Posted on June 20, 2014 .