David Blatt thought coaching in the NBA would 'be a breeze'

David Blatt thought coaching in the NBA would 'be a breeze'

Cavs coach David Blatt admits coaching in the NBA is tougher than he originally thought.

Cavaliers coach David Blatt opened up about his first season coaching in the NBA, and admitted it's tougher than he originally thought.

Blatt was speaking earlier this week at a scouting school in Las Vegas. He was part of a group that discussed how coaches prepare for games at various levels.

"When I came to the NBA I was under the impression that this was going to be a breeze," Blatt said, via the Associated Press. "I've been coaching for 23 years at the highest level in Europe. I coached in the national-team environment, coached professional teams, coached Euroleague teams and I thought I thought I knew basketball and I thought I knew how to coach. Which, in my mind, I did.


"But I realized that when I came over here it was a very, very different game with a whole new set of problems and a whole slew of things to deal with inside and outside of the game."

Before becoming the Cavs coach this season, Blatt was very successful overseas. He was Euroleague Coach of the Year in 2014 and was a four-time Israeli League Coach of the Year (1996, 2002, 2011, 2014) among other accomplishments. 

Blatt talked about how he had to adjust his coaching styles after losing so many players due to injuries. He eventually added, "I'm really (angry) we didn't play the final series with all of our players."

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