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American coach Blatt leads Russia to big upset at EuroBasket

Originally Published: September 15, 2007
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

MADRID, Spain -- Russia is going to the Olympics, an accomplishment all Americans should be proud of.

The reason for the latter is that the Russians were led there by one of us, a coach you've probably never heard of unless you grew up around Boston in the late '70s or were a fan of the Princeton Tigers in the early '80s.

He is David Blatt, a 47-year-old with a basketball résumé that reads like a geography textbook. A native of Framingham, Mass., and a student of Pete ...

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