In his first interview as the president of CSKA Moscow, to the Russian sports portal sport-weekend.com, Andrey Vatutin also talked about the Russian National Team for the Eurobasket 2009 tournament and made some revelations.
First of all Vatutin revealed that it was the Russian National Team head coach, David Blatt who decided to leave John Robert Holden out of Eurobasket and not the player himself. Of course Blatt took the decision after having a long conversation with the player himself.
"None can take away what JR Holden has offered to Russian Basketball. His last jumper against Spain in the final of Eurobasket 2007, inside Spain, is still remember by Russian fans. But this decision will allow Holden to rest while it will open the doors of the National Team to another naturalised player, Kelly McCarthy, who I think is desperately needed by Blatt instead of Andrei Kirilenko, since the small forward position is literally "naked" at this moment." Vatutin said.