Knicks hire Blatt as op­er­a­tions con­sul­tant

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

The Knicks on Wed­nes­day hired David Blatt, a former coach of the Cava­liers, as a bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions con­sul­tant.

Af­ter play­ing bas­ket­ball at Prince­ton, Blatt built a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a coach over­seas, in­clud­ing winning a Euroleague ti­tle with Mac­cabi Tel Aviv. Blatt got his shot in the NBA in 2014 with the Cava­liers. Shortly there­after, LeBron James an­nounced he was re­turn­ing to the team.

The Cavs made it to the NBA Fi­nals, but Blatt of­ten seemed like a poor fit, and he was fired in the mid­dle of his sec­ond season, de­spite the team be­ing in first place in the Eastern Con­fer­ence. He re­turned to coach in Europe.

Blatt left his most re­cent club, Olympia­cos of Greece, in Oc­to­ber, two months af­ter an­nounc­ing he had mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. Blatt, 60, said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day that he would now re­tire from coach­ing.

The Knicks said Blatt would be “a great as­set to our front of­fice, G League team and in­ter­na­tional scout­ing.”

Towns side­lined: Tim­ber­wolves cen­ter Kar­lAn­thony Towns missed the Tim­ber­wolves’ game against the Pel­i­cans be­cause of a left knee sprain.

Coach Ryan Saun­ders called Towns “day-to-day” with the in­jury.

Towns went down hard af­ter a missed dunk at­tempt Fri­day against the Clip­pers.

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