JERUALEM (JTA) — An Israeli lawmaker reportedly has written a letter to the owner of the 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers asking him to give a championship ring to David Blatt, the team’s former coach. Nachman Shai, of the Zionist Union Party, on Tuesday sent the letter to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, the Jerusalem Post…
The Cavs’ title, Cleveland’s first pro sports championship in 52 years, is no harder for a Clevelander to incorporate than is the founding of Israel for most Jews.
David Blatt, the Israeli-American coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, lamented his team’s loss in the NBA Finals but said it doesn’t mean the overall season was bad.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt told local media that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted him to offer him Israel’s support in the NBA finals.
David Blatt and the Cleveland Cavaliers had great expectations with the return of four-time MVP LeBron James via free agency from the Miami Heat.
The script could not have been written better for Cleveland Cavaliers basketball coach David Blatt. On May 18, the 55-year-old veteran coach led the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv to an unexpected Euroleague championship over favorites, Real Madrid. On June 20, the Cleveland Cavaliers hired him to be their next head coach, fulfilling his longtime dream to coach in the NBA. On July 11, basketball king LeBron James wrote in Sports Illustrated that he would be returning to the Cavaliers for the upcoming season.
The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers routed Maccabi Tel Aviv in an international exhibition game that pitted Cavs’ new coach David Blatt against his former team.