The Cavaliers have posted a record of 29-7 since Jan. 15, so the early-season talk surrounding head coach David Blatt and whether or not he was a good fit for the roster has largely subsided.
But that doesn’t mean he’s completely in charge.
One of the reasons LeBron James came back to Cleveland was for the amount of control he could have over the team, both on and off the court. And it appears as though he’s taken over the play-calling duties from his coach — even if Blatt is trying desperately to make it seem as though he’s still in command.
From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com (via Deadspin):
“The Princeton offense that David Blatt installed in the preseason, they just threw that out. What typically happens—and this has been happening for like three months now—is LeBron will take the ball, and LeBron will call the play. David Blatt will see what play LeBron calls, and he will repeat it to the team. That happens on a regular basis.”
“I’ve lost track of how many times David Blatt has said something this year and LeBron has directly contradicted it within 45 seconds,” Windhorst added, via Larry Brown Sports.
As long as the Cavaliers are winning, these tidbits about what may or may not be going on with the coaching dynamic will remain relatively buried, at least as far as the team’s true decision-makers are concerned.
But if Cleveland should suffer an earlier-than-expected postseason exit, then all of these stories about Blatt and just how much hold he has on things will be taken more seriously into consideration.