David Blatt

David Blatt

Head coach of the Russian national basketball team
Date of Birth: 22.05.1959
Country: Israel

Biography of David Blatt

David Blatt was born on May 22, 1959, in Boston, USA. He began his basketball career in 1976, playing for the Princeton University team for five seasons. In 1981, he moved to Israel and played for various teams, including Maccabi Haifa, Elitzur, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Hapoel Jerusalem, and Hapoel Nahariya. Blatt retired from playing in 1992 due to injury.

David Blatt

In the same year, Blatt joined the coaching staff of Hapoel Galil Elyon and became the head coach of the team in the 1993/94 season. He then moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv in 1999, where he served as an assistant coach and later as the head coach. During his time with Maccabi, the team won multiple championships, including the FIBA EuroLeague in 2001 and 2004, and the Italian Championship in 2005.

David Blatt

Blatt's coaching career continued with stints at Turkish club Efes Pilsen in the 2006/07 season and Dynamo Saint Petersburg in the 2004/05 season, where he led the team to victory in the FIBA EuroLeague. He also coached the Italian club Benetton Treviso, winning the Italian Championship in his first season.

David Blatt

In March 2006, Blatt signed a contract with the Russian Basketball Federation and became the head coach of the Russian national team. Under his leadership, the team won the EuroBasket 2007, becoming the European champions. Blatt was also awarded the title of Honored Coach of Russia, making him the first foreign specialist to receive this honor.

Blatt's coaching career continued with various clubs, including Aris Thessaloniki in Greece and Maccabi Tel Aviv. In 2014, he led Maccabi to victory in the EuroLeague. He then signed a contract with the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers but was unexpectedly dismissed in January 2016. Blatt subsequently coached Turkish club Darüşşafaka, leading them to their first international title, and Greek club Olympiacos.

Blatt is married to a former basketball player named Kinert, who played under his coaching. They have four children: twin daughters Shani and Adi, daughter Ella, and son Tamir, who currently plays for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

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