David Blatt ’81’s crowning achievement in basketball came in September 2007, when the American-born Israeli coach led the Russian national team to the European championship, shocking Spain in the tournament final.
After playing professionally in Israel, Blatt made the transition to coaching, finding success with some of international basketball’s top franchises, including Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Benetton Treviso (Italy), and Dynamo Moscow (Russia). His success with the Russian national team has added another dimension to his résumé.
Does Blatt have a future as an NBA coach? When the Times posed that question, he said that it "would take a lot of courage" for a team to hire him, since all of his coaching experience has come outside the United States. In 2007, the Massachusetts-native gave a similar answer to PAW, adding, "I would love to go back to the States for a period of time, and more than that I would love for my family to go there, to get the American connection and the culture that I grew up with. But we’ll just have to see where it goes.”
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