INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – Northeast Ohio won’t be the only region rooting fro the Cavs in the NBA Finals.
The entire country of Israel will be pulling for the wine and gold starting Thursday night with Game 1 at Golden State.
Since winning the Eastern Conference championship last Tuesday head coach David Blatt’s phone has been blowing up with people congratulating him. Blatt said Sunday that he has received so many calls and messages that he’s lost count, but one stood out – a call he received last week from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“He said all of Israel is behind the Cavaliers,” Blatt said. “That was great.”
Blatt, who spent the last 2 decades of his coaching career overseas where he won numerous championships including last season with Maccabi Tel Aviv, is also a citizen of Israel in addition to his U.S. citizenship and he has family that still live there. Much of the country has followed his first season with the Cavs closely with many getting up early or staying up late to watch the games.
While not receiving much credit locally or nationally, Blatt has helped to mold the Cavs into title contenders despite numerous injuries, a pair of mid-season trades and a 19-20 start to the season.
While he’s received many congratulatory calls and texts in the last 5 days, there is one Blatt is still waiting on.
“I have been fortunate enough to hear from the Prime Minister of Israel to the then Prime Minister and president of Russia, and there’s nothing I would like better than to hear from [President Barack] Obama,” Blatt said Sunday.
Blatt and the Cavs are 4 wins away from Obama picking up the phone making that call.