ATLANTA When the storm had passed, Larry Drew hopped on a plane.
The Atlanta Hawks' head coach was searching for an answer. He was hoping he could find it in Israel.
David Blatt, an American-born Israeli citizen best known for coaching the Russian national team, represents an odd array of basketball experience a Princeton graduate earning his basketball doctorate overseas but Drew knew his experience would be useful. Blatt's coaching successes span the European continent leading clubs from Israel to Italy to Greece culminating in Russia's 2007 European Championship title. He is known for his atypical behavior, and as a micro-manager. Former Princeton teammate and President Barack Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, once likened him to Phil Jackson.
Atlantas roster features eight new additions for the 2012-13 season, therefore coaching changes had to be made. But Drew needed help. He struggled all summer with the the intricacies of coaching smaller lineups. So he made an...