Israeli Blatt coaches Russia to bronze basketball win

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August 12, 2012 14:46

 
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Israeli citizen David Blatt won a bronze medal Sunday for leading the Russian Basketball team to victory against Argentina in the London Olympics

The Boston-born Israeli, who made aliya 30 years ago and is also the coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, has accomplished remarkable success with a previously underachieving side.

Russia hadn’t finished any higher than fifth in its four European Championship appearances before Blatt took charge, failing to even qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

However, Blatt led Russia to the European title in his first major tournament with the team in 2007, also taking a bronze medal in EuroBasket 2011 as well as finishing ninth at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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