Embattled Cleveland coach Blatt remains beloved in Israel

January 20, 2015 4:02 PM

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Even casual Israeli basketball fans begin their day with an update on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the newfound obsession with the NBA franchise has little to do with superstar LeBron James. Rookie head coach David Blatt is one of their own, making his name professionally in Israel and raising a family here.

Nearly all of Cleveland's games are broadcast live on Israeli sports channels, and the national morning radio broadcast almost always delivers the score of the previous night's games. Radio shows feature a daily update segment, and local newspapers have begun to resemble Ohio dailies in their blanke...

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