INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — The Cavaliers have introduced new coach David Blatt one day before they pick first in the NBA draft.
Blatt spent the past two decades coaching in Israel, where he built a reputation as one of the international game’s top coaches. He led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship this season and guided Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
The 55-year-old Blatt, who was born in Massachusetts and played at Princeton, is the first coach to make the move from Europe to the NBA.
The Cavs owns the No. 1 overall selection in Thursday’s draft and are expected to make a strong push to sign LeBron James. He opted out of the final two years of his Miami contract on Tuesday and is a free agent.