Atlanta Hawks' head coach Larry Drew went to Israel recently to meet with and observe Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt.

“Larry respects the international game and is enjoying the opportunity to share ideas with David Blatt,” Danny Ferry wrote in a text message. “David is a heckuva coach and I know that Larry appreciates that David has been so open. I know Larry is enjoying the opportunity to closely watch [Maccabi's] program. It is a highly respected program.”

Blatt also coach the Russian team to the Bronze medal in the 2012 Olympics.