Internet Churns Out 'Top Gun' Memes After David Blatt's 'Fighter Pilot' Remark

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterMay 11, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers' David Blatt in action during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Matt Slocum/Associated Press

After being called out for nearly doing a very dumb thing at the end of Sunday's Game 4 thriller against the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said a very dumb thing in defense of his prior near-dumbness.

ESPN's Dave McMenamin tweeted out a transcript of Blatt's remark. Fielding a question about the criticism coaches face every game, Blatt told reporters that being a basketball coach requires the on-the-fly decision-making skills of a trained fighter pilot:

Dave McMenamin @mcten

David Blatt when asked about facing criticism on the job: http://t.co/OfmBvGl006

Well then, surely we'll all just chalk this up to hyperbole and let it go in the name of…wait, no. No one should let it go.

Plenty of people on social media made Top Gun and pilot-related memes involving Blatt—that basketball maverick and hardwood strategist who nearly Chris Webber'd his team out of a playoff victory:

Steve McPherson @steventurous

Blatt’s mouth writing checks his body can’t cash. http://t.co/MvSfDmh2iN

Robby Kalland @RKalland

David Blatt stars in Top Gun http://t.co/uErP7AmiWv

Dan Carson @TheDoctorCarson

Let’s check back in on the Cavs... http://t.co/nDNbz6Ugoz

Most seem to agree that Blatt should sit out a couple of plays.

☕netw3rk @netw3rk

Hey Blatt, listen, if you need a wingman, I'll fly with you. - Chris "Viper" Webber

☕netw3rk @netw3rk

Blatt needs to just take the metaphorical L and keep it moving.

Howard Beck @HowardBeck

We really need @kennyloggins to weigh in on this Blatt story.

Rembert Browne @rembert

"wait, i can do WHAT to my hashbrowns? who successfully eats here, basketball coaches and fighter pilots?" - david blatt at waffle house

Rembert Browne @rembert

"look at all these hats. i guess only basketball coaches and fighter pilots shop here" - david blatt at lids

Strong work, everyone. Great hustle for a Monday.

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