Knicks hire Blatt as operations consultant
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.