David Blatt: A journey from player to coach

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David Blatt is most popular coach and he was also a famous basketball player between the time periods of 1981 to 1993. He has given many winning movements to teams with their coaching skills. Blatt has a huge fan following, and many people want to take coaching from him. He is an ideal coach and player for everyone in all over the world.

Personal Life: David Michael Blatt was born on May 22, 1959 in Framingham, Massachusetts. Blatt grows up in the Framingham town in Massachusetts. At the age of 14 he was attending Hebrew school only twice a week. In 1981 he was immigrate to Israeli and in same year Blatt completes their B.A in English literature from Princeton University. In 1991, He was married with Kinneret, who is from Netanya, Israel. They have four children: twin daughters Shani and Adi, younger daughter Ela, and son Tamir. Shani and Adi are professional army persons. The son is a junior basketball player in Israeli.

Playing Career: David Blatt had given a great contribution to win the basketball matches in their playing time. He was a high school class president and excellent player in the Framingham South High School. Blatt played the important role in college basketball matches at Princeton University from 1977 to 1981 under the guidance of Coach Pete Carril. Blatt was a member of the USA national team, participated in Maccabiah Games and won the gold medal in 1981. After playing in the Maccabiah Games, he starts playing professionally in the Israeli’s Super League for next 12 years. After getting a serious injury, he had stopped his playing career.

Coach Career: David Blat played wonderful role in the coach line. After getting retirement from playing career, professionally, he starts his career as a coach. He was the assistant coach of Hapoel Galil Elyon during the year 1993 to 1994 and when the main head coach was fired, and then Blatt took his place. After the year 1994, he becomes an assistant coach of Pini Gershon’s. He had won the title of “Israel coach of the year” in 1996 and in the next year, he becomes the assistant of Hapoel Galil Elyon to assist the” Israeli National Team”. After that, he becomes a coach of “Russian National Basketball Team”, the winner of the EuroBasket 2007. Now he is a famous Israeli –American NBA basketball coach.

Awards: David Blatt is the first coach in the Cavalier history, who earns the first award” Eastern Conference of the Month” whiten a month. He also won a bronze medal in the Olympics. In the NBA, he won 30 matches, lose 11, and the percentage is .732. His main success is being a part of NBA on June 20, 2014 hired as a head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blatt won the tittle of the” Euroleague Coach of the year” in 2014, after signing with the Cleveland.

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