The American coach of Olympiacos, David Blatt, has confessed that he has suffered multiple sclerosis for several months, a disease that will not prevent him from doing his job as a Greek team coach .
Blatt faces a disease capable of changing "the quality and the ability to do the most basic things." "When I passed the 'shock' and the initial pain, I decided that I would not give him anything , that I would adapt, adjust and find ways to continue my life in the most normal way possible," he confessed in a letter published this Monday on the Olympiacos website.
On the possible impediments that his illness could generate in his work, the Cleveland Cavaliers' technician argued that his job is to "lead and teach." "Not being so agile or active does not affect my ability to do these things. I have good doctors, trainers, physiotherapists and managers who accept my disability and help me overcome it," said Blatt.
To combat the first signs of the disease, which in his case manifested with "weakness in the legs" , the 60-year-old coach has initiated a specific plan. "I do strengthening, balance and swimming exercises to improve body conditioning, muscle flexibility and movement," he explained.
David Blatt is one of the most reputed technicians in the European basketball landscape. He obtained gold in the Eurobasket of 2007 with Russia, imposing himself on a Spanish team that came to the continental event as world champion and was the host of the tournament. He also won a Euroleague title with the Maccabi, beating Real Madrid in the 2014 final, and two Eurocups, one with the Russian St. Petersburg Dynamo and another with the Turkish Darussafaka.
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