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David Blatt's long, wonderful journey

With its coach pushing all the right buttons, Russia is unbeaten at Eurobasket 2011

Originally Published: September 14, 2011
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

KAUNAS, Lithuania -- On a cold winter's night in New York City, the stranger held out his hand to Princeton's young sophomore point guard as he awaited the bus that would take him and his teammates from the gym at Columbia University back to their hotel.

Through his parents, and through the influence of his high school coach, David Blatt had been raised to be polite and to listen.

"Are you Jewish?" the man asked. What of it, Blatt wondered. "Well, I saw ...

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