Brendan Haywood Comments on David Blatt’s Firing, LeBron James and More

January 22nd, 2016 by Daniel Kramer Leave a reply »

Brendan Haywood spent what was likely his final NBA season with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, and based on his assessment of the locker-room dynamics, the 13-year center wasn’t surprised the team fired head coach David Blatt on Friday.

Haywood elaborated on Blatt’s dysfunctional relationship with LeBron James in an interview with SiriusXM’s NBA Today (h/t Steve Aschburner of

Coach Blatt was very hesitant to challenge LeBron James. It was one of those situations where, being a rookie coach, and LeBron being bigger than life, it was a little too much for him. I remember we had James Jones [talk] to Coach about how, ‘Hey, you can’t just skip over when LeBron James makes a mistake in the film room.’ Because we all see it.

And we’re like, ‘Hey, you didn’t say anything about that. You’re going to correct when Matthew Dellavedova‘s not in the right spot. You’re going to say something when Tristan Thompson‘s not in the right spot. Well, we see a fast break and LeBron didn’t get back on defense or there’s a rotation and he ...

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