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Mike Fratello to coach Ukrainian national team

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MIAMI - DECEMBER 16: Head coach Mike Fratello of the Memphis Grizzlies calls out plays to his team in the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 16, 2006 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Grizzlies 98-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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The Czar (of the telestrator) is headed to the old Soviet bloc.

Mike Fratello, the former NBA coach and current TNT color commentator, will coach the Ukrainian national team at the European Championships this summer, according to the Associated Press.

Hopefully they like slow it down, grind it out, defensive basketball that Fratello was known for in stops with Atlanta, Cleveland and Memphis.

Ukraine is in Group D with Slovenia, Russia, Belgium, Bulgaria and Georgia for the championships that start at the end of August and run for two weeks.