Rumors have been flying ever since David Blatt decided to step down as the head coach of the Russian National Team to focus on his duties with Maccabi Tel-Aviv that Fotis Katsikaris would be Blatt’s successor. The sticking point has been his current position with Bilbao Basket as Spain ACB rules prohibit coaches from working the sidelines of an ACB team at the same time as their name is listed as a head coach of a National team. Russian news outlet Sports.ru has stated that they have inside sources that have confirmed that Katsikaris will be in Moscow to sign papers on Sunday and that the formal announcement will be made on Monday. A site dedicated to Bilbao has said that they have also been told by sources that the same will happen and that the parties have worked out an arrangement that will allow the coach to remain with Bilbao.
A press release on the Russian Federation website states (translated electronically):
Appointment of head coaches of national teams
Press conference on the appointment of head coaches of men’s and women’s national teams, will be held on December 24.
Confirmations will happen during the Executive Committee meeting, which will be heard by a ticket. Immediately after the appointment of the press conference will be presented to the head coaches and their assistants for the next Olympic cycle. Remember that the previous contracts coach David Blatt and Boris Sokolovsky ended immediately after the Olympic Games in London.
In addition to the coaches in the press conference will be attended by the manager of the men’s team Oleg Ushakov and general manager of the women’s team Oxana Rakhmatulina.
The program of the day:
10.00 Executive Committee meeting
13.00 Press Conference
15.00 Meeting with regional representatives of the RSE
A press conference will be held in “Renaissance Monarch” at Moscow, Leningrad Prospect d.31A page 1, m. Dynamo.
Do they work together with Blatt?
Or he showed himself the same good guy to russians?