HoopsHype David Blatt rumors

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And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

June 18, 2013 Updates

David Blatt is a Boston native, Princeton graduate and veteran European coach who's coached Euroleague teams in Israel, Russia, Turkey, Greece and italy as well as Team Russia. In that nomadic journey, he's won championships in three leagues and in 2007, as Team Russia coach, won the FIBA European championships. Now, reports Walla, an Israeli news site, he is considering joining the Nets as an assistant coach under Jason Kidd. According to a translation of the Hebrew language site, Blatt is expected to make his decision within 10 days, perhaps less. A league source, asked about the rumor, responded, "nope." NetsDaily

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A brilliant run for David Blatt with Russia's national team has come to an end. The man who guided the Russians to a gold medal at EuroBasket 2007 and bronze at EuroBasket 2011 and this summer's Olympics, has decided it's time to step down. In a statement issued by the Russian Basketball Federation, Blatt said: "With mixed feelings, I announce my retirement from the national team of Russia, a team that was a significant part of my professional life. "My decision is based solely on my sense of what is now the right time. "I do it for personal reasons. "Our joint achievements are exceptional, and have historical significance. "The impact that we have had on the development of basketball in Russia was very positive and ambitious. "I am grateful for the invitation from the Russian Basketball Federation leadership for the opportunity to work with outstanding, talented Russian players. FIBA Europe

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Michael Cunningham: Source says Larry Drew is not seeking to add Blatt to staff. At Maccabi camp to observe, learn, share ideas. Twitter

September 12, 2012 Updates

The coach of Atlanta Hawks, Larry Drew, landed in Tel Aviv and will meet him, according to this report in the practice of Maccabi. Blatt signed this summer a new three years contract with the team, but nobody knows what the future holds for him as he is rumored to have a turbulent relation with the club’s brass. However, he is expected to stay a resident of Tel Aviv for next season. EuroHoops.net

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"What's a little frightening and unjust about European tournaments is that you have all this tactical playing for points and for games," Russia coach David Blatt said. "In the NBA, you've got series, so there's no such thing. This is happening in a real-time, competitive environment, and you don't like to see it. I would say most don't do it, but there are those who play the system. I would never do it, under any circumstance. But some do." Yahoo! Sports

August 8, 2012 Updates

Strange substitutions, wide-open Brazilian shots, the usual European brew for a tanking. Spain's coaches and players strongly denied it, but no one bought it. "What's a little frightening and unjust about European tournaments is that you have all this tactical playing for points and for games," Russia coach David Blatt said. "In the NBA, you've got series, so there's no such thing. This is happening in a real-time, competitive environment, and you don't like to see it. I would say most don't do it, but there are those who play the system. I would never do it, under any circumstance. But some do." Yahoo! Sports

Now the U.S. enters the medal round facing the possibility of a gold-medal final against Russia, and in many ways, the story of this Russian team is harder to believe than the outcome of 1972. For these Russians are coached by David Blatt, a Jewish-American whose religion and nationality would have made him an antagonist of the old Soviets. "Oh, people were looking at me like I had three heads," Blatt said of his 2006 hiring by the Russian federation. "It was not a popular decision. "You take an American growing up in the time of the Cold War, add to it the fact that I'm Jewish and with an Israeli passport, and then you time- warp me into the ex-Soviet Union as the head of the Russian men's basketball team. It's almost mind-boggling. And I lasted! I didn't get my head chopped off in the first year or two." SI.com

This Russian team is built around 31-year-old Andrei Kirilenko, who exploited the NBA lockout as a reason to return home and play for CSKA. He regained his health and his energy, and in these Olympics he has looked like the younger Kirilenko who was an All-Star for the 2003-04 Utah Jazz. His teammates are all younger with the wherewithal to provide Blatt with size at every position, enabling them to extend their defense and create easy baskets. "With him the Russian team got a face," Kirilenko said of Blatt. "We don't have a great scorer, but we're going to have a team game. We're going to have a great team defensively, we're going to have a press, and we glue it together." SI.com

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