The Cleveland Cavaliers fired David Blatt on Friday, and needless to say, several NBA coaches were less than pleased.
Blatt had the winningest record of any coach in Cavaliers history; he took the team to the NBA Finals in his first year and was 30-11 in his second season before being dismissed. That’s only the top record in the Eastern Conference.
While the Cavs suffered a monumental loss to the Warriors in a primetime matchup in Cleveland, it’s hard to argue with Blatt’s overall results, even in a weaker conference. According to some reports, it was the internal team politics that were more to blame for the firing than anything related to basketball. While the Internet had a field day with the firing, Rick Carlisle, Stan Van Gundy and others, were nowhere near as joyful.
Here’s Detroit’s coach, by what of Yahoo’s Michael Lee, sounding off on Blatt’s unceremonious dismissal at the hands of a “crazy” front office.