David Blatt was a co-captain and point guard on an Ivy League title team at Princeton University, where his basketball experience helped forge him into one of the top coaches in Europe.
Blatt was born in Boston and grew up attending a Reform synagogue, then moved to Israel in 1981 following his participation in the Maccabiah Games, to play professionally.
He was the Israeli Super League Coach of the Year four times (1996, 2002, 2011, and 2014), the Russian Super League Coach of the Year (2005), and the EuroLeague Coach of the Year (2014).
His teams won a gold medal in the EuroBasket for Spain in 2007 and bronze for Lithuania in 2011, a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics for Russia, the EuroLeague championship in 2014, EuroCup championship in 2018.
Blatt took over as the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, and led the team to the 2015 NBA Finals in his first season amassing a winning percentage of .675 over two years.
David Blatt represented the U.S. at the Maccabiah Games in 1981, helping lead his team to a gold medal.