CLEVELAND: As the Cleveland Cavaliers’ woes deepened on Sunday (Monday in Manila) with a 109-90 NBA loss to Dallas, general manager David Griffin insisted the team was committed to first-year coach David Blatt.
“No change is being made, period,” Griffin told reporters prior to Sunday’s game.
Last week ESPN reported that some in the club were concerned that Blatt, a 55-year-old American who guided Russia to 2012 Olympic bronze and Maccabi Tel Aviv to a Euroleague crown before being hired by the Cavaliers in June, was unable to motivate his players.
“This narrative of our coaching situation is truly ridiculous,” Griffin said. “It is a non-story. It’s a non-narrative.
“Coach Blatt is our coach. He’s going to remain our coach. Do not write that as a vote of confidence,” Griffin added with a touch of exasperation. “He never needed one. It was never a question.”
Blatt arrived weeks before four-time Most Valuable Player LeBron James left Miami to return to his home state club in the quest of bringing a major sports crown to Cleveland, which has not had such a champion in half a century.
Griffin said the club had expected the season to be one of growing pains, which have only been made worse by a spate of injuries.