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The Cleveland Cavs will receive their 2015-16 NBA Championship rings on opening night (Oct.25) against the New York Knicks. It will be the first ring ceremony the city of Cleveland has witnessed in a very, very long time.
Before the historic triumph in the NBA Finals, it was a season full of uncertainty and controversy for the Cavs. Right around the mid-way point of the season, head coach David Blatt was fired. That firing sent shockwaves throughout the league and had many players, coaches and GM’s scratching their hand.
Fast forward six months and he isn’t nearly as relevant as he was following his firing. Blatt would ultimately play a key role for the eventual NBA Champs and now he will be receiving a championship ring as well. Via Ohio.com:
David Blatt is getting one more parting gift from the Cavaliers: a championship ring.
Blatt was fired at the midpoint of the Cavs’ championship season, but the team has ordered a ring for him, too, multiple sources confirmed to the Beacon Journal. He is now the head coach of Darüsşafaka Doğuş in Turkey.
Blatt went 83-40 in parts of two seasons with the Cavs and guided them to the NBA Finals in 2015, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. He was replaced by Tyronn Lue after going 30-11 last season. Under Lue, the Cavs became the first team in NBA Finals history to erase a 3-1 deficit and win the championship.
Current coaches and players will receive their rings on Oct. 25, the same night the team raises the city’s first championship banner in 52 years.