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David Blatt Fired As Cleveland Cavaliers Coach

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach David Blatt, who guided Cleveland to the NBA Finals last year and the Eastern Conference’s best record (30-11) almost midway through this season, and have replaced him with assistant Tyronn Lue.

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin made the coaching decision after citing “a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision.”

Griffin confirmed that Lue will not have an interim tag and will be the full-time coach of the reigning Eastern Conference champions with immediate effect.

David Blatt also released a statement thanking the Cavs organization:

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as the Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Blatt said in the statement. “I’d like to thank Dan Gilbert and David Griffin for giving me this opportunity and am honored to have worked with an amazing group of players from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love through our entire roster. I’d also like to express my extreme gratitude to my coaching staff. I am indebted to them for their professionalism, hard work, loyalty and friendship. I am proud of what we have accomplished since I have been the Head Coach and wish the Cavaliers nothing but the best this season and beyond.”

Lebron James was informed of the decision to fire Blatt on Friday, although James was not directly consulted Friday on the Cavs’ decision to fire Blatt,

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