You date someone. You fall in love with them. You feel like the two of you have a future together. You’re happy. Suddenly, they dump you. You don’t understand. Sure, we had our hiccups like any two people in a relationship, but this isn’t how it should have ended.
Then, they start parading around with someone new and things are going really well for them. You don’t want to hear about it. You unfriend them on Facebook. You stalk their Facebook page occasionally, but after a while it’s just too much. You do everything you can to get rid of any reminders of what you had.
Anyway, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, who was fired in January, can’t watch the NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors because it hurts so bad.
“Let me tell you the truth,” says David Blatt in an interview for “Yedioth Ahronot“ that will be publish on Friday in full. “It was hard for me watching the last games. I can’t watch the finals. So I just don’t watch the games and I settle reading the results on the internet. The playoffs I would still watch, but not more than that.”
Last year with Cleveland you have reached the finals with an excellent record. Why did they choose to part ways with you?
“I can’t think of any reason in the world. Maybe for them, thinking forward, I wasn’t the person to lead. It hurt me very bad. It surprised me, I didn’t feel well, but you move on. There are disappointment in life, the question is what do you do when you take a blow. I could have coached in the NBA next season. It’s more about timing . Sometimes great coaches have to sit outside.”
The man was 30-11 when he was fired this year, so he still has to be in that “What did I do wrong?” phase post-breakup. He sees the new guy, Tyronn Lue, go 27-14 and wonder what the Cavs see in him.
Blatt’s bitterness is understandable and probably justified, because he could just as easily be the coach that’s losing in the Finals.