Basketball

'Proud' Blatt sacked by Cleveland Cavaliers

By Simon Griver, January 25, 2016

In a shock move, Cleveland Cavaliers have sacked chief coach David Blatt and replaced him with his assistant Tyronne Lue.

The Cavaliers are the current leaders of the Eastern Conference and last season the Israeli coach led them to the NBA finals, where they lost 4-2 to Golden State Warriors.

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Casspi calling the shots in NBA

By Simon Griver, January 22, 2016

Omri Casspi is enjoying his best-ever season in the NBA as the Sacramento Kings challenge for a place in the end-of-season playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Last month the Israeli forward, 27, established himself in the Kings starting five for the first time since joining the NBA in 2009. He scored a career high 36 points in the 122-103 defeat to NBA champions Golden State Warriors.

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Blatt confident ahead of new NBA season

By Simon Griver, October 26, 2015

David Blatt believes he can turn Cleveland Cavaliers from nearly men into winners ahead of the new NBA season.

Blatt enjoyed a remarkable first year, taking the Cavs to the final. Now he is looking to go one better ahead of next week’s opener against the Chicago Bulls.

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Collins praises Team Maccabi GB's golden generation

By Danny Caro, August 6, 2015

Daniel Collins saluted Team Maccabi GB’s golden wonders as the delegation returned from Berlin with a record 101-medal haul – their largest ever at the European Maccabi Games.

Prior to the 14th European Maccabi Games, Head of Delegation Collins told the JC that he had no specific medal

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Berlin bonanza will be a whole new ball game, says Collins

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2015

Daniel Collins leads his Team Maccabi GB stars to Berlin this week declaring “win medals at the European Maccabi Games and change your lives forever”.

The GB Head of Delegation says there is an overriding feeling of excitement ahead of the largest ever gathering of Jewish athletes in Germany.

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Casspi extends contract with Kings

By Simon Griver, July 10, 2015

Omri Casspi has agreed a two-year contract extension with the Sacramento Kings worth $3 million a year.

Casspi, 27, ended the season in his best ever form since joining the NBA in 2009. The Israeli 6ft 9in forward scored an average 20 points per game in the final month of the season.

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Blatt upbeat after NBA finals defeat

By Simon Griver, June 17, 2015

David Blatt was philosophical in defeat after his Cleveland Cavaliers team went down 4-2 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA final.

A 105-97 victory gave the Warriors an unassailable lead in the seven-game series.

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Blatt ready for NBA finals

By Simon Griver, June 5, 2015

David Blatt is relishing the challenge of becoming the first rookie coach to win the NBA finals since 1982.

Blatt, who left Maccabi Tel Aviv after winning the European Cup last season, has defied critics by leading Cleveland Cavaliers to the showpiece final in his first campaign in the league.

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Blatt takes Cleveland into NBA final

By Simon Griver, May 29, 2015

David Blatt steered Cleveland Cavaliers into the NBA final after a 4-0 whitewash in the seven-game Eastern Conference final series over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets in the seven-game series final, which begins on June 4.

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Blatt wants to be 'the best'

By Simon Griver, May 1, 2015

David Blatt has steered Cleveland Cavaliers into the semi-finals of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Cavs beat the Boston Celtics 4-0 in the seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs to set up a meeting with the Chicago Bulls or Milwaukee Bucks.

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