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Brooklyn Nets considering Team Russia coach? "Nope" says league source


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, wrote Rose Cohen of Walla. A league source, asked about the rumor, responded, "nope."

Blatt, who is regarded as one of the world's best at X's and O's, just finished up coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv, which lost in the Israeli league championships to upstart Maccabi Haifa. Although still under contract, Blatt has an NBA out. He left the Russian national team last October, after it won the bronze at the London Olympics. Blatt is a protege of Princeton coach Pete Carril, author of the Princeton offense that the Nets used so well when Kidd was playing in New Jersey.