David Blatt

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David Blatt
David Blatt Cavs 2014.jpg
Blatt as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014
Personal information
Born (1959-05-22) May 22, 1959 (age 62)
Boston, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican / Israeli
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
High schoolFramingham South
(Framingham, Massachusetts)
CollegePrinceton (1977–1981)
NBA draft1981 / Undrafted
Playing career1981–1993
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1993–2019
Career history
As player:
1981–1984Maccabi Haifa
1986–1987Hapoel Jerusalem
1987–1989Maccabi Netanya
1989–1990Hapoel Galil Elyon
1990–1991Hapoel Jerusalem
1991–1992Ironi Nahariya
1992–1993Maccabi Hadera
As coach:
1993–1994Hapoel Galil Elyon
1994–1995Hapoel Galil Elyon (assistant)
1995–1999Hapoel Galil Elyon
1999–2001Maccabi Tel Aviv (assistant)
2001–2003Maccabi Tel Aviv
2003–2004Maccabi Tel Aviv (assistant)
2004–2005Dynamo St. Petersburg
2005–2007Benetton Treviso
2007–2008Efes Pilsen
2008–2009Dynamo Moscow
2010Aris
2010–2014Maccabi Tel Aviv
20142016Cleveland Cavaliers
2016–2018Darüşşafaka
2018–2019Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:

As assistant coach:

David Michael Blatt (Hebrew: דייוויד מייקל בלאט‎; born May 22, 1959)[1] is an Israeli-American professional basketball coach.[2] He is currently the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blatt played point guard at Princeton University from 1977 to 1981. He played in the Maccabiah Games for the USA national team that won a gold medal in 1981. He then played professional basketball in Israel for nine of the next 12 years. An injury ended his playing career and he began coaching full-time.

Blatt is one of the most successful American coaches in European basketball history. As a coach, Blatt has been the Israeli League Coach of the Year four times (1996, 2002, 2011, and 2014). He was the Russian Super League Coach of the Year (2005). In the 2012 Summer Olympics he led the Russian national team to win a Bronze medal.[3] Blatt was also the Euroleague Coach of the Year (2014). He took over as Cleveland's head coach in 2014 His lifetime .639 winning percentage after the 2014–15 season was the best of any Cavaliers head coach in team history.

Blatt was born on May 22, 1959, in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. As a freshman he played junior varsity before becoming one of Framingham South's top players.[4]

On August 19, 2019, he announced that he has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, the most advanced form of the autoimmune disease.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "COACHE'S CORNER". basketballplayseditor.com. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. Pete Thamel (5 September 2010). "Uncommon Path Led Russia's Coach All Over the World". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ESPN.com news services (20 June 2014). "David Blatt accepts Cavs job". ESPN. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  4. Lenny Megliola (26 June 2014). "David Blatt: From Framingham to coach of NBA's Cavaliers". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. "David Blatt reveals he has Multiple Sclerosis". Jerusalem Post. August 19, 2019. Retrieved 2019-12-20.