This stern-looking fellow is Adel Tlatli, the coach of the Tunisian men's national basketball team. He's at the helm of perhaps the most successful run in the history of Tunisian men's basketball — his squad won gold at the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship for the first time in the nation's history, earning Tunisia the right to play in the men's basketball tournament at 2012 Summer Olympics in London, another national first. On Tuesday, Tlatli led Tunisia into a matchup with the United States, and while the U.S. won handily, Tlatli's players — especially young forward Makram Ben Romdhane — acquitted themselves well. It was a good day for Tunisian basketball.
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Except for the part where Tlatli hauled off and slapped one of his players across the face during a sideline huddle before the opening tip.
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