On Friday (January 22) afternoon, David Blatt was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers and assistant coach Tyronn Lue was promoted to head coach. The firing comes on the heels of a 34 point loss to the Stephen Curry led Golden State Warriors. There is much chatter going on around the NBA in regards to the news considering that the Cavs currently sit atop the the eastern conference with a 30-11 record.
Today, one of the NBA’s most outspoken figures, Charles Barkley gave his take on the firing, stating that he believes that Blatt was set up for failure.
I thought he’s done a good job,” Barkley said. “But I think the Cavaliers set him up for failure from the beginning. If you actually take a look at this situation, they were probably looking for the time to make the change. Because if you actually look at it from a common sense standpoint, in the history of basketball, has there ever been a situation where they hired the guy who was the No. 2 pick for the job?
Barkley is eluding to the fact that Tyronn Lue was originally the leading candidate for the Cavs head coaching job when LeBron made his return in 2014. Though Lue didn’t get the job, he became the highest paid assistant coach in NBA history.
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