With the surprising firing of former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt still sending vibrations around the league up to this point, it’s no shock to hear other well-revered NBA coaches give their take on the situation.

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In different interviews, coaches Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, and Steve Kerr all expressed their respect for the man and coach that is Blatt. Not everyone gets that amount of praise from those coaching greats so it speaks a lot about the disgruntled tactician.

Here’s Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle who also heads the NBA Coaches Association.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich followed by Clippers coach Doc Rivers who both had recent battles with Blatt.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr who originally hired Blatt to be his assistant in Golden State until the Cavs’ offer came into play.

For all his reported faults as a coach of the Cavaliers, there is no denying that David Blatt is still up there among the best basketball minds list. The situation in Cleveland, as it turned out, was not the right place for himself. There is no denying that this setback in his resume can be disillusioning, but if he decides to pursue a career in the NBA, there will be a list of takers.

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There could be one young team out there that would be needing a teacher like Blatt. When that happens, he’ll surely be making noise once again. You just can’t put a good man down.