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Russian coach, Coach K in cute little war of words

Sep 9, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for David_blatt.jpgHey, we’ve got some almost actual intrigue for today’s Russia vs. USA game at the world championships.

Russia’s coach Mike Blatt — a guy born in the United States now living in Israel and coaching the Russians — and Mike Krzyzewski are in a little war of words.

First, Blatt said that the 1972 Olympic gold medal game — a controversial ending where the Russians got three attempts to redo a final play — was indeed “fair.” Coach K responded that of course he said that, he’s Russian.

So today Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo got the response from Blatt.

“I think Mike’s overlooked the fact that I’m every bit as much of an American as him,” Blatt told Yahoo! Sports at his team’s hotel. “In America, we’re taught that freedom of speech and freedom of thought allow us to try and view things objectively, form our own opinions and express them.

“The ability to do that without risking it being called an act of unpatriotism may be lost upon him.”

This is what passes for trash talk between 50+ white guys. This is their dozens.

Well Thursday is the 38th anniversary of that fateful gold medal game and the game at the World Championships between the USA and Russia by players not even born yet when the first game happened will certainly settle everything. Right?

  1. NickLA - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Never heard of this dorky guy. He trying to catch some eyes from US colleges because he’s tired of trolling around Europe. BTW, he’s Jewish, not white.

  2. cygnus x-1 - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    so the fact that ge holds dual citenship and coaches the country whose team screwed the U.S. out of the gold medal means he is still patriotic right?the fact he has to coach overseas tells you what kind of coach he is.if he realy believs the russians earned that metdal then he deserves to have his U.S. citenship taken away.he doesn’t live in the U.S. but throws the freedom of speech card?what a jerk!

  3. Alyosha - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Pet peeve: Soviet does not equal Russian. You wrote: “a controversial ending where the Russians got three attempts to redo a final play.” It was actually the Soviets that got three attempts to redo the final play. This distinction applies in general, but is particularly apt in the present case, as half of the 1972 Soviet team were not Russian (Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Georgian, Kazakh, and Belorussian).

  4. scott - Sep 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    That is an ignorant comment, people of all races can be Jewish you dumbass. Just like people of all races can be Christian or Muslim, they can be Jewish too. The fact that he is Jewish has absolutely nothing to do with anything that has taken place. Focus more on the facts, and less on being a prejudice prick, or your argument is a waste of everyones time.

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