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Blatt Leaves Olympiacos 2 Months after MS Announcement

October 8, 2019

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has left his post as coach of Greek club Olympiacos two months after announcing he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In a statement on the club website, Blatt said that “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.”

Blatt announced in August he had been diagnosed with MS, which attacks the central nervous system, a few months earlier.

At the time, he said he was determined to continue working despite “not being as agile or active.”

Blatt’s departure was a “consensual termination of cooperation,” Olympiacos said without providing further details.

The announcement comes two days after Olympiacos lost 82-63 to French team ASVEL in its opening Euroleague game of the season.

Blatt was appointed coach of Cleveland in June 2014 and took the team to the NBA finals in his first season, losing to the Golden State Warriors.

He was fired partway through the 2015-16 season, in which Cleveland won the NBA championship for the first time under coach Tyronn Lue. He has coached Olympiacos since June 2018.

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