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Saturday, August 22, 2009

McCarty to play for Russia after all?


It's happened very late in his career, but the chance to play for a national team finally arrived for American Kelly McCarty when Russia named the BC Khimki guard in their EuroBasket squad earlier this summer.

The 34-year-old McCarty has replaced JR Holden as the naturalized Russian in the team and is expected to receive big minutes from coach David Blatt.

"Because of JR's participation the last several years, Kelly has not been eligible to play for us," Blatt said, "but he's happy to be here. He's come in and already brought some energy, brought some athleticism. He's brought his great experience. Kelly's a guy that can score, defend (against) anyone. He's a tremendous guy so I believe he will give us a lot."

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