Report: Former Bucks Coach Larry Drew to Join David Blatt’s Staff

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With all the excitement over LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, along with all the talk of the impending Kevin Love trade, one of the overlooked stories surrounding the Cavaliers is the makeup of new coach David Blatt’s staff. Tyronn Lue was hired to be Blatt’s Associate Head Coach, but other than rumors of mutual interest in Larry Drew, no word has come down on the rest of the staff.

On Wednesday afternoon, however, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe tweeted that the Cavaliers have indeed hired Larry Drew to be on David Blatt’s staff:

Drew was rather infamously and shamefully replaced as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks as part of the fallout of Jason Kidd’s failed power play in New Jersey, which landed Kidd in Milwaukee and left Drew unemployed. Drew is regarded as a coach who designs playstyle to the talent of his roster, as opposed to forcing his roster to play his preferred style. This mentality should be a good fit with David Blatt who also coaches with this adaptive style.

As for the rest of the staff, Bernie Bickerstaff, Jim Boylan, Igor Kokoskov, and Bret Brielmaier are all still listed on the Cavs’ official website. No further information regarding their future has been reported as of this time.

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  • saggy

    i like this move.

  • BenRM

    Indeed!

  • matt underwood

    what ever happened to chris jent? did he follow LBJ to miami 4 years ago? are they still boys?

  • Pat Leonard

    All of the assistants. We want all of them and you get none.

  • simond

    He went back to Ohio State when Lebron went to Miami

    He’s in Sacramento coaching under his old pal Mike Malone now

  • mgbode

    anything that puts on on the opposite side of Jason Kidd karmically is a good thing.

  • Harv 21

    I dunno, haven’t noticed that teams get a significant bounce from having notable assistant coaches. Look at the Cavs just last year. A lifer assistant with a narrow specialty – a Ron Rothstein or Tex Winters – can create a team direction but it’s ultimately up to Blatt to figure this out no matter what old coaching heads are whispering suggestions.