Former Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Larry Drew is reportedly set to join the David Blatt’s staff as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) August 12, 2014
Drew, who played 11 years in the NBA for five teams, entered the coaching ranks in 1992 with the Los Angeles Lakers. He became the Hawks head coach for three seasons beginning in 2010, compiling a 128-102 record, taking the team to the playoffs each year. That tenure came after a six-year stint as an assistant for the team.
Most recently, Drew was head coach of the Bucks this past season, leading a team that finished with a league-worst 15-67 record. More than two months after the regular season ended, Drew was unceremoniously fired so that new team owner Marc Lasry could hire former Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd, a move that sparked major criticism.
The Drew-Blatt connection dates back to two years ago, when Drew traveled to Israel to meet with and share ideas with Blatt, who was then coaching for Maccabi Tel Aviv. At the time, Hawks (and former Cavaliers) GM Danny Ferry commented, “Larry…is enjoying the opportunity to share ideas with David Blatt…I know Larry appreciates that David has been so open.”
The Cavalier team that Drew will join has changed dramatically in the past six weeks, beginning with the addition of LeBron James as a free agent last month. The expected addition of Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love via a trade in the next few weeks will likely ratchet up that makeover even more.