A day after committing a pair of decisions that would have been characterized as “boners” back in the day when they weren’t just a thing in your pants, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was on the defensive trying to justify his actions against the Bulls late in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Decision 1 was attempting to call a timeout he did not have, which would have warranted a technical foul had any referee witnessed it. Decision 2 was to have LeBron James inbound Cleveland’s final pass of regulation rather than receiving it. Fortunately for the Cavs, LeBron vetoed his coach Jimmy Chitwood-style and nailed a buzzer-beater that sent the series back to Cleveland tied at 2 games apiece.
On Monday, Blatt admitted he screwed up. But in that admission, he also created a rather specious defense. You see, basketball coaches make A LOT of decisions each game. So many of them, in fact, that the only people who could possibly understand such pressure are…fighter pilots.