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Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt reveals he has multiple sclerosis

Real Madrid v Olympiacos Piraeus - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 10: David Blatt, Head Coach of Olympiacos Piraeus in action during the 2018/2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 18 game between Real Madrid and Olympiacos Piraeus at Wizink Center on January 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Emilio Cobos/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

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David Blatt is one of the NBA’s all-time memorable characters. Renowned for his overseas success, Blatt got hired as Cavaliers coach just before LeBron James returned. Blatt won a lot in both the regular season and playoffs, but he was cocky and had plenty of blind spots. He alienated his players, which ultimately got him fired during Cleveland’s 2015-16 championship season.

Blatt now coaches Olympiacos in Greece. Unfortunately, his story has taken a sobering turn, as he was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.


Well, the problem is the PPMS which in my case and in my age manifests itself primarily in the weakness of the legs. fatigue/balance and strength are real issues for me. I have taken on a specific regimen of strengthening and balance exercises as well as swimming and aquatic workouts to improve overall body conditioning and help with muscle pliability and motion.
I am a coach and my job is to lead and teach and inspire a lot of people. 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.

This is sad news about the 60-year-old Blatt. But I appreciate his determination to overcome the setback. He was always headstrong, and that might be the exact attitude he needs right now.