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.
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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.