True, Blatt has no NBA experience. He is a Framingham, Massachusetts native, a product of Pete Carril’s Princeton system, who left soon after graduation to play in Israel, began his coaching career a decade later in that same country, and has spent the last 20 years coaching internationally.
“To me it’s almost comical we’re making a big deal about the adjustment for Dave,” said Anthony Parker, the former Cavaliers player and current Orlando scout who played for Blatt in Israel. “There’s not as big a deal made about Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher adjusting. This is a guy who has coached for 20 years. He’s been a head coach. He’s been in games in the Olympics and pressure situations. Maccabi is a high-pressure job to take on. It’s not the NBA, but it’s not nothing in terms of the pressure to win. I think that’s not going to be an issue.”
As a former captain at Princeton, Blatt was a student of the game who soaked up all that Carril taught. In retrospect, his move to coaching was inevitable, said Craig Robinson, the former Oregon State coach who was his Princeton teammate.
Report: Deandre Ayton Officially Declares for 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan 🙏🏾 Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft #BullySeason #242toTheWorld pic.twitter.com/6f9igjMrU8
— Deandre Ayton (@DeandreAyton) March 21, 2018
Source: Deandre Ayton on Twitter
Manu Ginobili: ‘We have to think that he’s not coming back’
The San Antonio Spurs continue to operate under the assumption that star forward Kawhi Leonard will not return over the final 11 games of the regular season.
Leonard showed up at the AT&T Center for the team’s annual picture but wasn’t present minutes later when the Spurs took part in their shootaround ahead of Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards.
“He is not coming back,” veteran guard Manu Ginobili said. “For me, he’s not coming back because it’s not helping [to think Leonard is returning]. We fell for it a week ago again. I guess you guys made us fall for it. But we have to think that he’s not coming back, that we are who we are, and that we got to fight without him. That shouldn’t be changing, at least until he is ready for the jump ball.”
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
Sources: Kyrie Irving Getting Second Opinion on Left Knee
My understanding is that Kyrie Irving is getting a 2nd opinion on his left knee, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Bottom line: he needs the screws out. Knee is flaring up. He will either play thru it going forward or … he will get thee screws out and won’t play at all. Stay tuned.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) March 20, 2018
Source: Tony Massarotti on Twitter