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Olympic Basketball History: Andrei Kirilenko's Father-in-Law had 26 and 6 in the Bronze Medal game in 1980

  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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If you are a Sports history buff you know that the 1980 Summer Olympics were in Moscow, which was then the capital of the U.S.S.R. . . . and it was the middle of the Cold War. So, well, it was a special time in sports history. If you are a really crazy Utah Jazz fan (and I am sure you are) you already knew that former Utah Jazz All-Star Andrei Kirilenko is married to Masha Lopatov. If you've read every interview about him (and her) over the years like I and a number of international Jazz fans have you'd know that her dad, also named Andrei, was a 6'9 forward who played for the USSR. She even was aware of the neo-Freudian tones of that pairing and joked about it.

Well, because I am apparently insane, I digged around and found his box scores from the 1980's Olympics. And I found that Andrey Lopatov had 26 and 6 (with 1 steal) in the Bronze medal game to secure a spot on the podium for his motherland.

Box scores here.

I think Andrei and Masha's kids (the biological ones, not the adopted daughter) have some crazy genes. KOC has already sent scouts to their gym class.