David Blatt is back in the NBA. After last coaching with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, the task he has taken on may be his most difficult to date.
The New York Knicks have hired Blatt as a basketball operations consultant, according to numerous reports.
Blatt coached Olympiacos to a 15-15 record in the EuroLeague last season. The five-time Israeli Super League champion was the coach of the Cavs for less than two seasons and finished with a record of 83-40 and an NBA Finals appearance.
Blatt has strong relationships with Knicks President Steve Mills and Knicks Vice President for Player and Organizational Development Craig Robinson.
The three are good friends, as they played college basketball at Princeton in the late 70s and early 80s.
The Knicks are still searching for a head coach after firing David Fizdale earlier this month, and they are said to be going after some big-name candidates. However, their issues run much deeper than coaching, as they have been unable to put a winning roster together and continue to miss out on marquee free agents. Time will tell if Blatt can help with that.