David Blatt accepts Cavaliers ring: ‘Not my championship’ but they convinced me it was earned, not given

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The Cavaliers are buying championship rings for more than 1,000 employees, including former center Anderson Varejao and former coach David Blatt.

We don’t know whether Varejao, who was traded during the season and went to the Warriors, will accept his.

But Blatt, who was fired in January, will take his.

David Pick:

This is a pretty humble statement from Blatt, who touted his credentials at every turn while coaching Cleveland. Most infamously, when asked about coaching in front of President Barack Obama for a Cavs-Bulls game, Blatt said he’d already coached in front of other world leaders. Blatt just couldn’t stand anything that presented him as less than a fully accomplished coach.

But he took the high road here, and both sides are right.

This wasn’t Blatt’s championship. Tyronn Lue coached the team to the finish line.

Blatt still contributed, though. He guided the Cavs to a 30-11 start (the best record of a team ever making a mid-season coaching change). That helped Cleveland secure home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs and reach the conference finals.

The Cavaliers didn’t need to get Blatt a ring, but it was the right move. Respectfully offering it only adds to the gesture. Blatt should have no qualms about accepting it.