After having much success with his former club Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv this past season, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was voted on by his peers as the 2013-14 Euroleague Basketball Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year, according to Euroleague.net. Blatt led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the title of the new basketball kings of Europe after besting Real Madrid 98-86 in overtime in the 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. Coming in as underdogs, Blatt was able to rally his team and put together a roster almost nearly depleted of star players to overcome some of the best European talent in the world.
One of the big reasons that Blatt was so high on the Cavaliers’ head coaching wish list was because of his ability to incorporate almost every player on the roster into his game plans. Without any players on the All-Euroleague First Team, Blatt found individual strengths in each of his players and molded a roster that could overcome Euroleague powers such as Real Madrid and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan.
Teamwork makes the dream work, and that’s exactly the mantra that the Cavs were looking for when searching for a head coach. Blatt will have a very young roster — one that we don’t know what it will look like until free agency calms down this week — to work with, and his experience in the Euroleague is more than enough proof that he can make the talents from the likes of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins and Dion Waiters work as one.