David Blatt to Lead Cavaliers Against His Former Team Maccabi TA This Fall

The two teams face off in a pre-season NBA tour this October.

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Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt at game against Hapoel Holon, October 14, 2013. Lives and breathes basketball.
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt at game against Hapoel Holon, October 14, 2013. Lives and breathes basketball.Credit: Sefi Magriso

David Blatt, former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach and new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will lead his new team against Maccabi when the two teams face off in a pre-season NBA tour on October 5, Israel's Sports One reported.

U.S.-born Blatt, who last month led Maccabi Tel Aviv to a Euroleague title, accepted the Cleveland job after seriously considering the Golden State Warriors’ offer to be their top assistant coach.

At a parting ceremony Monday at the Maccabi club in Tel Aviv, Blatt made a toast, expressing how much he appreciates the team, and how emotional he is about the move. "I can't think of a better way to start my new journey than a celebratory game together with my family – Maccabi Tel Aviv."

In an interview with Haaretz this month, Blatt said joining a good organization was a priority. But Cleveland will be more than a challenge. The Cavs are considered a dysfunctional franchise with a sometimes disruptive owner, one making his third head-coaching change in four years.

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