Give and Go: David Blatt's firing and Kristaps Porzingis's rise to stardom
In the latest episode of Give and Go, SI.com's NBA editor Matt Dollinger is joined by senior writer Lee Jenkins to discuss the following topics around the league..
• The rise of Kristaps Porzingis. Jenkins has a profile of the Knicks rookie in this week's magazine and discusses the Latvian star's assimilation to the NBA and the United States. Jenkins also touches on the teenager's personality and how it has benefited him in the league.
• Porzingis comparisons. What's Porzingis's ceiling? What's his best-case scenario player comparison? Jenkins offers a few candidates, including one defensive-minded superstar.
• David Blatt's firing. Jenkins wrote a column on Blatt's dismissal and what ultimately led the Cavaliers to pull the trigger. Why did the Cavaliers decide to cut ties with their coach midway through his second season? How much did the recent Warriors loss play a role in Cleveland's decision?
• Tyronn Lue. What will the former NBA player bring to the Cavaliers' bench that Blatt couldn't? Will this season be a failure for all parties if Lue can't deliver a title?
Be sure to check back next week for another episode of Give and Go.