Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he can’t watch this year’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cavs after coming so close to winning the title with his former team last year, he told Ynet.com.
“It was hard for me watching the last games,” Blatt said. “I can't watch the Finals. So I just don't watch the games and I settle reading the results on the internet. The playoffs I would still watch, but not more than that.”
Last year, the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in six games, and will play Game 6 on Thursday night with another chance to clinch the championship.
The Cavaliers fired Blatt in January despite being in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 30–11 record, a decision Blatt said was deeply hurtful.
“I can't think of any reason in the world (why they fired me),” Blatt said. “Maybe for them, thinking forward, I wasn't the person to lead. It hurt me very bad. It surprised me, I didn't feel well, but you move on. There are disappointment in life, the question is what do you do when you take a blow. I could have coached in the NBA next season. It's more about timing. Sometimes great coaches have to sit outside.”
Blatt is now coaching Turkish professional team Darussafaka.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals will be held at Quicken Loans Arena at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.