Olympiacos, Coach Blatt part ways

Oct 06, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
Olympiacos, Coach Blatt part ways

Olympiacos Piraeus will be looking for a new head coach after announcing on Sunday that it had parted ways with Coach David Blatt. This was the beginning of the second season of their partnership. Blatt, a former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, 7DAYS EuroCup and EuroBasket champion, coached the Reds to a 15-15 record last season in which they missed the EuroLeague Playoffs on a tiebreaker. The team began the current EuroLeague season with a road loss at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne.

Blatt, 60, announced in August that he had been diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, but was determined to remain at the Olympiacos helm and prepared the team throughout the preseason. Olympiacos was the fifth EuroLeague team that the 2014 Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year has coached.

The club said in a press release announcing the decision that the decision was "a difficult moment for everyone since we part ways with a great coach but most of all a wonderful person. We have had the honor to work with one of the biggest figures of world basketball and we have gained a lot from his presence in our team." Olympiacos proceeded to thank the coach for his work and wished him well.

In the same release, Blatt said: "After a long and respectful discussion between the owners and myself, our two parties have decided it’s in the best interest of both sides to part ways. My time in Greece with Olympiacos has been meaningful and significant in many ways. I am very appreciative of the people and family I have found here. I have nothing but respect for the management, players, and staff that I have had the pleasure to work with and wish only the best for them."