Israelis and Jewish basketball fans around the world have been rooting for David Blatt and the Cleveland Cavaliers to succeed all year long. But not everyone is giving Blatt the credit for the Cavs making it to the finals.
In his first NBA season, as the “rookie coach” who bristled at that term for most of his first eight months on the job, David Blatt’s public profile is probably more Forrest Gump than Phil Jackson.
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He is, to the uninformed, the accidental coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers who just happens to be riding — rather than steering, so the implication goes — his team all the way to The Finals.
BY STEVE ASCHBURNER