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Cleveland Cavaliers Fire David Blatt

Oct 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt (center) and assistant coach Tyronn Lue (right) stand near forward LeBron James (23) against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. New York won 95-90. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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After just one and a half seasons as head coach, the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt.

Also of note is that the team is not only promoting assistant coach Tyronn Lue to head coach, but signing him to a multi-year extension as well.

All of this is coming less than 24 hours after a convincing home win for the Cavs over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. Cleveland is 2-0 since their blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors at home Monday night and Blatt had given a positive quote in response to the all the negative criticism the team was facing after that drubbing.

“I hear a lot of far-reaching conclusions and personally I don’t like it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. Because I’m not the one that’s saying or doing those things. I think this team has done pretty well dealing with the adversity that we’ve had. I think this team is in pretty good position, although people choose to overlook that, which I don’t think is fair,” Blatt told Cleveland.com.

All this wasn’t enough to smooth over what seemed to be a rocky relationship between Blatt and his team. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, this has been the case for a while, especially with star player LeBron James.

This will be Lue’s first shot at being head coach, after being on the bench in Cleveland and with Doc Rivers in Los Angeles. If Lue was the one that the locker room was responding more positively towards, then it would make sense for him to be locked up on a multi-year instead of just getting the normal interim tag. However, this hasn’t worked out so well in Houston this year, with the Rockets promoting J.B. Bickerstaff to interim head coach after firing Kevin McHale at the beginning of the season. Bickerstaff was seen as a potential unifying figure for the Rockets locker room, but the team still hasn’t seen the results it has wanted.

If Lue doesn’t get the job done, then Cleveland has a track record of not having the longest leash. Before Blatt, guys like Mike Brown and Byron Scott had short stints as head coaches before the team gave them the axe. If Tyronn Lue isn’t the guy, then GM David Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert could look elsewhere to former head coaches such as Tom Thibodeau and Mark Jackson, who also happens to share the same agent as LeBron James.

Ultimately, now, the onus has to be on the players. If they truly have preferred Lue over Blatt for a while, then there is no reason why they shouldn’t respond positively to the coaching change. With things seemingly changing fast for the franchise, the next person to go might be Kevin Love, who has been the scapegoat as of late among the media and who hasn’t gotten along with LeBron in the past. Most recently, Love gave a quote that jabbed at James following their loss to the Warriors Monday night.

“We have a lot of things to get better at. That’s going to take a lot of guys looking themselves in the mirror and it all starts with our leader (James) over there and dwindles on down,” Love told Cleveland.com.

With how crazy this NBA season has been so far, and with how much the Cavs are willing to shake things up, who knows what is going to happen next. It shouldn’t shock any one at all if the roster sees major changes, if the Cavaliers take off under Lue, or both.

Austin Peters

Growing up in Middle of a Corn Field, Illinois, Austin honed his craft as a lights out shooter in the driveway. If the hoop were eight feet instead of ten, he'd be an All-American. And that's why you'll find him writing for Hardwood Paroxysm and Upside and Motor.