Mike Fratello agrees to coach Ukraine

Updated: February 25, 2011, 8:51 AM ET
Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine -- Former NBA coach Mike Fratello has agreed to coach Ukraine's national team at the European Championship this year.

The Ukrainian Basketball Federation says it has a verbal agreement with the former Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies coach. A contract will be signed in the next few days.

The European Championship is scheduled for Aug. 31-Sept. 18 in Lithuania.

The 64-year-old Fratello, who has been working as an NBA television analyst for Turner Sports, is expected to take charge in July.

Ukraine is in Group D with Slovenia, Russia, Belgium, Bulgaria and Georgia.


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