Israel’s Blatt has Turkish team on brink of Eurocup title

The Israeli former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach is aiming to return to the NBA ahead of 2018/19.

April 13, 2018 00:17
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Israel’s Blatt has Turkish team on brink of Eurocup title

David Blatt. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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David Blatt looks to add another title to his remarkable resume when his Turkish side Darussafaka Istanbul hosts Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar on Friday night aiming to complete a sweep in the best-of-three Eurocup final series.

Krasnodar entered Game 1 on Tuesday on the back of a record 20-game Eurocup winning streak and led by five points with 22 seconds to play.

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But Darusafaka stunningly managed to force overtime on the way to an 81-78 victory and can clinch its first-ever European title on Friday night.

“That was the kind of game you expect in the final series. Very hard-fought on the part of both teams. At times, nervous and unexpected. At other times, some very high quality plays and certainly high quality players,” said Blatt, who is in his second season with Darusafaka.

The Israeli former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach is aiming to return to the NBA ahead of 2018/19, with his name being mentioned on Thursday in connection with the newly-vacant head coaching position at the New York Knicks following the sacking of Jeff Hornacek.

There are expected to be several coaching changes in the NBA this offseason, including in Milwaukee, Phoenix and Memphis, three teams that inserted interim head coaches during the season.

“I have an end game and that end game is that I would really like to go back to the NBA,” Blatt told The Jerusalem Post last summer. “There were no changes in the NBA this year from a coaching standpoint and my real goal is to next year try to get back into the league as a head coach.”

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