Before Sunday afternoon, Griffin spoke about Cleveland’s situation in coaching before the team played against the Mavericks at home. The player said that Blatt won’t move anywhere even though there is plenty of buzz on Twitter and reports saying otherwise.
“The narrative of our coaching situation is truly ridiculous,” said the GM. “It’s a non-story, it’s a non-narrative. Coach Blatt is our coach, he’s going to remain our coach. Do not write that as a vote of confidence. He never needed one. It was never a question. So don’t write it that way.”
It was reported that Blatt could have problems in the first season that he plays for Cleveland – and this also happens to be his first season in the NBA as a coach. It was reported that he could now be losing the Cavaliers.
However, on Sunday, he strongly supported the coach, saying that they’re fake reports.
“That narrative is done,” said Griffin. “No change is being made, period.”
Besides Griffin, Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving and forward LeBron James were both backing up Blatt.
Rick Carlisle, Mavericks coach, also spoke very well of Blatt -with Carlisle saying that Blatt is among the “greatest coaches in the world.”
Carlisle also said that it wouldn’t be very smart for the team to give up on the GM, as it’s still too early in the first season that Blatt spent with the Cavaliers.
“He proved that long before he came to the NBA,” said Carlisle. “There was no doubt in my mind that he would eventually coach here and become one of the elite coaches in the league.”
Before this season got underway, the Cavaliers had the NBA’s worst record in the last four years – something that many fans and pay per head bookies won’t forget anytime soon, but they can see that this season things improved for them.
The GM also said that the Cavaliers would like to increase the team’s depth, but so far they were not able to find any takers.
“We’re very actively working the phones and doing everything we can to improve the team,” said Griffin.
“Unfortunately our timing doesn’t match the timing of everybody else. Until the trade deadline, people typically don’t have a lot of reason to do anything at a specific time.”