David Blatt: Rookie head coach who led his Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors (led by another rookie coach, Steve Kerr).
Sepp Blatter: Newly re-elected (and even more newly resigned) president of FIFA, many of whose associates have been arrested for corruption-related crimes.
BLAT-Test: A functionality check of a pairwise sequence alignment algorithm used to assist in the assembly and annotation of the human genome.
Blatt and Blatter both have been in the news recently, albeit for different reasons: Blatt for his accomplishment, Blatter for, well, his gall. (BLAT-Test has not grabbed any headlines this week or, to my knowledge, ever).
For all the flak Blatter has been getting in the press, he has not been charged with any crime and the fact that his underlings may have is itself insufficient to create criminal liability. Good thing Sepp’s not a lawyer. Recall the NY lawyer who was disciplined because his bookkeeper (and brother) stole client funds. By all accounts, the lawyer had no knowledge of the brother’s criminal actions. But that wasn’t sufficient to avoid discipline in the matter, which went up to NY’s highest court. As the court found: “To be clear, respondent is not being held responsible for the criminal behavior of his brother. Rather, it is his own breach of his fiduciary duty and failure to properly supervise his employee, resulting in the loss of client funds entrusted to him, that warrant this disciplinary action.”
David Blatt, on the other hand, would likely do well as a lawyer. As he has demonstrated (and as he discusses in the attached), proper supervision of, and collaboration with, subordinates and colleagues can lead to some pretty positive results.
So does that make David Blatt the blattest of them all? Maybe, but that said, as the next clip demonstrates, he might be better as a transactional lawyer than as an oral advocate.