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Report: Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt a possible candidate for Cavaliers head coach


Steve Kerr has a great eye for potential assistant coaches.

Which explains explains both why he keeps targeting candidates who could have more prestigious options and why the Warriors will have a hard time landing them.

Whether it’s Alvin Gentry or David Blatt, Golden State wants to make someone with head-coaching opportunities into an assistant.

Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer:

Two NBA sources indicated on Friday that Blatt, who has interviewed for assistant coaching positions with Golden State and Minnesota, may be a candidate for the Cavs head coaching vacancy.

This would be a solid, out-side-the-box hire for Cleveland.

Blatt – the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv who led Russia to the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics – is renowned for his innovative offense. I’d love to see Kyrie Irving running it, and Blatt could be the coach who pushes the young point guard to the next level.

I’m not sure an assistant job would lure Blatt, a Massachusetts native, back stateside. But an NBA head-coaching position should certainly intrigue him.

First, he’ll probably have to sell the Cavaliers he’s up for the job. They’ve already reportedly interviewed Adrian Griffin, Tyronn Lue, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry and Vinny Del Negro. It’s a deep field, and if Blatt gets the job, that would strongly indicate he’s earned it.

Report: Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

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Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.

Jazz waive Jack Cooley and J.J. O’Brien

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.

Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.

O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.

The Jazz roster now stands at 18.