San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was offered to coach the Russian National Team but he turned down the proposal due to personal reasons.
Popovich, according to Russian website www.championat.com, loves the Russian culture and has been to the country several times but nevertheless turned down the offer.
Since David Blatt left, the Russian Basketball Federation has been looking for a new coach. The names of Jure Zdovc (Slovenia), Dirk Bauermann (Germany) and Zeljko Obradovic (Serbia) have been mentioned, but in the end, the job is said to have gone to Greek Fotis Katsikaris. Somehow, you can’t escape the impression that he wasn’t the first choice.