Since being fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 coach David Blatt has been content coaching in Europe. Unfortunately, he just got a serious health diagnosis that could put his coaching career in jeopardy.
Blatt revealed on Monday that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). The disease attacks the central nervous system, causing weakness in the body, and a wide range of other serious symptoms.
However, in a statement he made it clear that he intends to continue coaching Olympiacos B.C.
"I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. Not being as agile or active doesn't affect my ability to do those things."
Before being hired by the Cavaliers in 2014, Blatt was an elite coach in Europe at the club and international level.
As head coach of Russia from 2006 to 2012, his team won a bronze medal in 2012 Olympics and a gold medal at EuroBasket 2007. He also led Maccabi Tel-Aviv to a EuroLeague title in 2014.
His strong career in Europe prompted the Cavaliers to hire him and coach with a returning LeBron James.
In his first year in the NBA, he led the Cavs to an Eastern Conference title and a spot in the NBA Finals. He was fired after a 30-11 start to the 2015-16 season, but still received a championship ring after the Cavs won that year's NBA Finals.
We wish David Blatt the best of luck moving forward.