What the King wants, the King gets; don’t ever question that.
All fans need to do is look at what just happened in Cleveland, as the Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt following his 30-11 start to the 2015-16 season, according to multiple sources but first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Cleveland has fired coach David Blatt, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016
Not long after the first reports came out about the Cavs’ decision to fire Blatt, the team also announced that they had promoted assistant coach Tyronn Lue and have agreed to a three-year deal with him as their new head coach. This move is allegedly one that Lebron and his agent were trying to make happen since last season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Since last season, LeBron James and his agent Rich Paul have been strong advocates of Lue becoming head coach, league sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016
The Blatt-James relationship has been filled with awkward instances that fans have seen since Blatt was hired as head coach of the Cavaliers last season, but the blame doesn’t fall solely at the feet of Blatt. James had just as much involvement in their rocky relationship and social media is full of the looks that Lebron has directed towards Blatt.
What doesn’t make sense at this point is that Blatt helped lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals last season — his first with the team — and was off to a decent start this season — winning 11 of the past 13 games. The only losses during the past 13 games have come at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
The NBA is beginning to have a coaching problem and it stems back to last offseason when Scott Brooks was fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder after missing the playoffs. Brooks, much like Blatt, had success with his team, but was victim to the “win now” mantra that has begun to resonate in an NBA stadium near you.
Blatt won’t be the last coach to suffer while being victorious, but it seems that superstars have more say regarding personnel decisions than they will ever admit too. With Kevin Love questioning his teammates leadership — mostly Lebron — the mess might have just started in Cleveland, and more damage might be on its way.