The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly fired head coach David Blatt on Friday despite the team's place atop the Eastern Conference with a 30-11 record.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo broke the news. Blatt finishes his run in Cleveland with an 83-40 regular-season record (.675). He also led the Cavs to the NBA Finals last season, his first in charge, before losing to the Golden State Warriors.
Emmett Golden of ESPN Cleveland used the popular "RKO out of nowhere" wrestling analogy to express his surprise about the timing of the move:
Parody account Not SportsCenter joked about the potential for LeBron James to simply fill every role for the Cavs:
Celtics Blog thinks the GM version of LeBron might already be getting a call:
Jesse Spector of Sporting News offered up his services and has a rock-solid plan of attack:
Andy Glockner of the Cauldron provided his thoughts on the situation, with Dave McMenamin of ESPN reporting Tyronn Lue would take over as interim coach:
Connor passed along another take from that same vein:
CJ Fogler of the Cauldron took a guess at how Kevin Love probably reacted to the news:
Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star added to the Love-Blatt storyline:
Rob Perezingis of The Big Lead expects a different reaction from J.R. Smith:
Cleveland Sports Talk broke out everybody's favorite—"crying Michael Jordan":
Complex Sports' Maurice Peebles thinks the move made it clear who's the captain of Cleveland's ship:
Dave Lozo of Vice Sports used a different entertainment analogy:
Pablo S. Torre of ESPN seemed extremely (sarcastically) concerned about the All-Star Game:
Meanwhile, Darth thought LeBron might already be plotting his next move:
Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago also took a glimpse into James' future:
Cory Townes provided his version of the conversation between Lue and LeBron:
Jason McIntyre of Fox Sports Radio isn't buying any talk that James wasn't involved in the discussions:
Neither is Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post:
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News provided an alternative theory after the Warriors announced the return of Steve Kerr for Friday's game:
It's a painful exit, regardless of how the firing went down, which Bleacher Report put into Vine form:
Cole Wright of the NFL Network envisions the Cavs' former coach responding this way:
Blatt is far from alone in the former Cleveland coaches fraternity, though. Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal relayed a look at the "meeting:"
Speaking of Cleveland sports, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press made an amusing observation:
Although the Cavaliers still lead the Eastern Conference, there's been an unsettled feeling around the team for much of the campaign. From a players-only meeting during the preseason to James openly discussing the lack of effort, the situation was far from ideal.
Apparently the Cleveland front office decided it needed to make the move now while there's still time to chart a new path before the playoffs. Now the question is how the team will react to such a major change during the middle of the season.