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After parting ways with David Blatt, Greek club Olympiacos is eyeing another former NBA coach.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via agent Keith Glass), that former coach is Scott Skiles, also a former NBA point guard and still the the league record-holder for assists in a game.
Blatt, 60, and Olympiacos parted ways after Blatt revealed he is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
“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 said in a statement.
Skiles, 55, most recently coached the Orlando Magic, during the 2015-16 season. He has also coached the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Chicago Bulls, and as some overseas experience as the former head coach of PAOK B.C., another Greek club.
Skiles owns a 478-480 overall coaching record in the NBA. “Coaching still interests Scott,” Glass told Wojnarowski.
Blatt coached the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Finals in his lone full NBA season, which coincided with LeBron James’ return to Cleveland in 2014-15.
He was fired despite a 30-11 record midway through the following year. Blatt was 83-40 overall in his two years with the Cavs.
That was his lone experience coaching in the NBA, though he has had great success overseas, coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship in 2013-14. Olympiacos finished 15-15 last season.
Blatt said the MS has caused his legs to occasionally “give out.”
“Fatigue, balance and strength are real issues for me,” Blatt said. “I’ve started a special treatment for muscular strengthening and balance, as well as swimming and water exercises in order to improve my physicality.
“I try to be more active, even when it comes to small moves. I challenge myself to do simple functions that are easy for mostly everyone, but very demanding for me in most occasions. I’m working on it. I sustain and expect more for myself, not less.
“Why did this happen? The reason why one should suffer from this disease is unknown. As there was no specific reason or justification, what is left is to accept it and focus on how to make things better with the existing resources. It’s easy to fall into the pit of depression and inaction. This battle is real, continuous and never-ending, as there is no treatment for this disease. Though, it’s not life-threatening. There are people who have to face greater challenges and battle their own war.”