Achilles' Heal: The Fall and Rise of Basketball Legend David Blatt

Fate and a couple of life-changing injuries brought basketball coach David Blatt to Israel, where he now stands at the helm of perennial champion Maccabi Tel Aviv. From his childhood near Boston, to his years studying English Lit at Princeton, to his Olympic medal as coach of the Russian team, Blatt’s story is studded with surprising twists and turns.

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David Blatt is a student of fate. He also coaches basketball. But not the way you might expect. It’s not every professional sports personality – or Israeli household name – who lists Homer’s “Iliad” among his...