Now that LeBron James has decided to return to Cleveland, the pressure on rookie Cavaliers Coach David Blatt probably will be something he has never experienced before.
Not only is he coaching perhaps the best basketball player in the world in James, who is a two-time NBA champion and a four-time MVP winner, Blatt will have the entire state of Ohio watching his every move to see if he can lead the Cavaliers to an NBA championship.
Of course there will be bumps along way.
There will be stories that James actually is coaching the team, that he is dictating everything with the Cavaliers.
But Blatt has had some success as a coach on the professional level, having built his career as one of the best coaches in Europe while in Israel and Russia.
Blatt will have someone to lean on in Ty Lue, who was hired as the associate head coach for the Cavaliers after spending last season with the Clippers as Coach Doc Rivers’ defensive guru.
“Yeah, there will be some pressure on Coach, on all of us,” Lue told The Times. “But I think we’re ready for it. We’re all looking forward to it, to be honest.”