It was the first taste of U.S. playoff basketball for
coach David Blatt on Sunday. His three daughters made it extra special by surprising him with a visit from Israel.
It's been a while since we've seen the Cavs in the post season. Most fans look at the big three: LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving. But as the chase for a championship continues, Blatt had his own big three to worry about: Shani, Adi and Ela. The twins are 22 and the youngest is 16.
"They had a little break from the university and my high school daughter decided to take a few days off from high school, which I'm not thrilled about," said Blatt.
But he is thrilled to have his girls in Cleveland to see his team in the playoffs.
"Them having the chance to share the experience first hand. It's very meaningful to us," said Blatt.
Blatt's son, Tamir, is a talented basketball player. Blatt said he would love for Tamir to play ball in the states, but he has several offers to play International Basketball. He still dreams of the two being on the same team some day.
"That's how I want to finish my career, yes. I want to coach him one game and quit," said Blatt.
Coach Blatt is dedicated and fierce on the court. But as a father, he glows, smiles, and beams when he speaks of his kids. He also shared how challenging it is keeping his beautiful daughters away from all this, including Kevin Love.
"Oh yeah. They have mentioned Kev and Kyrie, and a few other guys. Yeah, you know. But I try to stay away from that conversation," said Blatt. "I say, 'Enjoy them on TV and from a distance.'"
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