Blatt Voted Euroleague Coach of the Year

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After leading Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv to a pair of dramatic victories at the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Milan and bringing the title back to Israel for the first time in eight seasons, David Blatt has been voted by his peers in the competition as the 2013-14 Euroleague Basketball Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year. By almost any measure, Maccabi Electra entered the Final Four as an underdog. It was the only team in Milan without a player on the All-Euroleague First Team, the only qualifier that had lacked home-court advantage in the playoffs, and the Final Four team with the lowest average performance index rating. Nonetheless, Maccabi prevailed, in large part because Blatt built a true team despite incorporating many new players, losing key contributors to injury and having to reinvent the team’s playing style. Instead of letting obstacles become excuses, Blatt made sure that Maccabi was ready for every challenge until he and his players were celebrating the club’s sixth continental trophy, together with countless fans around the world.

via Euroleague.net

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