Knicks News: David Blatt Says He Hasn't Met with NY or Any Other NBA Teams

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt during the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-77 win over the Boston Celtics in a NBA basketball game in Boston Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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David Blatt wants another chance in the NBA, but he's still waiting for one.

The 58-year-old former Cleveland Cavaliers coach had been rumored to have a meeting with the New York Knicks lined up, but according to Anadolu Agency (h/t Bugra Uzar of EuroHoops.net), that has not happened yet: "I haven't met with NBA teams so far. I will meet some of the NBA teams in the near future, there are the New York Knicks rumors, but there may be other teams as well. I have nothing but Darussafaka in my heart in the rest of the season."

The New York Times' Marc Stein reported Friday that Blatt interviewed with New York last week and that the Knicks were "ramping up" their background check on both he and ex-Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.

Blatt went 97-46—including the playoffs—during his one-plus seasons with Cleveland, helping the franchise reach its second-ever NBA Finals in his first campaign. The Cavs fell to the Golden State Warriors after losing both Kyrie Irving (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder) to injuries during the postseason.

Despite having the best record in the Eastern Conference through 41 games in 2015-16, Blatt was fired, and Tyronn Lue replaced him. Cleveland went on to win its first championship that season.

When Blatt was hired during the 2014 offseason, he was expected to help the young Cavs, led by Irving, develop. However, everything changed when LeBron James returned to the team not long after Blatt was hired, shifting expectations.

The relationship between the superstar and coach never seemed to work.

Blatt has since been coaching Turkish club Darussafaka. He previously made it known, via Haaretz.com's Irad Tsafrir, that he has unfinished business in the United States:

"I was in the NBA finals. I even have a [championship] ring, even though I wasn't there in real time. I'm not lacking anything. What I am lacking is just personal satisfaction, realizing my potential and that of my players to the fullest. I want to try to return to the NBA, because I feel like I hadn't realized my potential there, but even if it doesn't happen, I will return to help my teams realize their potential even if it's the EuroLeague. Okay? That's about it for me, man."


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