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David Blatt, who coached the Cavaliers for parts of two seasons, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

By Scooby Axson
August 19, 2019

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt revealed he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Blatt is coaching the Greek club Olympiakos and released a statement on its website.

Blatt says he received the diagnosis 'a few months ago'' and plans to keep coaching for the time being.

"I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people," Blatt said. "Not being as agile or active doesn’t affect my ability to do those things. I am fortunate. I have great doctors trainers physical therapists and management that accept my disabilities and help me overcome. How could I possibly complain? I absolutely cannot and will not. It’s wasted effort and while I ask my players and staff to be the best version of themselves, I must ask and even demand from myself to do the same."

Blatt, 60, coached the Cavaliers for parts of two seasons from 2014-16. He led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in his first season where they lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors. Blatt was fired the next season after leading Cleveland to a 30-11 record.

He was replaced by Tyronn Lue, who led the team back to the Finals. They won the franchise's first title after coming back from a 3-1 deficit against the Warriors.

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