Blatt will leave Maccabi Tel Aviv, ponders joining Warriors

Blatt will leave Maccabi Tel Aviv, ponders joining Warriors
June 12, 2014, 11:00 am
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Blatt is a proponent of constant ball movement and multiple picks, as well as players identifying and reaching preferred spots on the floor from which to shoot.
Monte Poole

One day after leading his Maccabi Tel Aviv team to another Israeli championship, ultra-successful European coach David Blatt announced Thursday that he is returning to his native United States to join an NBA team.

The Warriors are among the teams vying for Blatt's services in the role of assistant coach or high-profile consultant.

During his farewell news conference, Blatt did not disclose the specific team or position he expects to assume but that he's "looking for an organization that'll allow me to maximize my basketball knowledge."

Blatt, 55, has spent more than two decades coaching in various parts of Europe, building a reputation for installing creative offenses. His teams have won championships in multiple leagues, at multiple levels.

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Blatt is a proponent of constant ball movement and multiple picks, as well as players identifying and reaching preferred spots on the floor from which to shoot.

The Boston native played college basketball in the 1970s and '80s at Princeton, where he was a point guard, before embarking on a 12-year playing career in Israel, after which he immediately moved into coaching.

Though Blatt has been contacted over the years by numerous NBA teams – including the Cavaliers and Timberwolves and Hawks in recent weeks – the Warriors are considered a front-runner.

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