Tyronn Lue hopes David Blatt gets chance to coach again in NBA

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Friday, May 13, 2016

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue would like to see his former boss, David Blatt, get another NBA job.

Blatt was fired in January despite a 30-11 record and replaced by Lue, who guided Cleveland to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

New York Knickspresident Phil Jackson met with Blatt on Monday to discuss the team's head-coaching vacancy, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Ian Begley.

"He definitely deserves another chance," Lue said. "I thought Coach Blatt did a great and phenomenal job here. He taught me a lot. Just being friends with him and getting a chance to understand him was great for me. I know a lot of guys around here, we talked about it the other day, they miss him and his presence.

"Hopefully he gets another job in this league because he deserves it."

Blatt led the Cavs to the finals in his first season.

No coach in league history had been dismissed in-season with a higher winning percentage than Blatt's .732.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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