American coach Blatt leads Russia to big upset at EuroBasket
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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With two Olympic qualifying bids up for grabs at the FIBA Europe competition, many NBA stars excelled for their home countries in Madrid. Russia was the surprise winner, with Lithuania collecting the other Olympic berth with its third-place finish. (Runner-up Spain already qualified.)
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