Nicolas Batum: "I don't care if we play in Lille, the problem is bigger than that..."

Nicolas Batum: “I don’t care if we play in Lille, the problem is bigger than that…”

Currently passing through France, and just extended by the Clippers until 2024, Nicholas Batum spoke to our colleagues from RMC Sport on the future Olympic Games in Paris. And especially the absence of place for the preliminary phase of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, two years before the event.

For the captain of the French team, who intends to play for another two yearsit is not the fact of evolving elsewhere than in the Parisian capital that bothers him, but rather the fact of being confronted with such laborious management for such an appointment.

I don’t care if we play in Lille », he explains Firstly. ” I have already played there at Euro 2015 and it was one of the greatest kifs of my career. I loved playing there and would love to play there again. But that’s not the problem. The problem is bigger than that. We have the Olympics in France, we are an extraordinary European capital… And we ask ourselves this question twenty months before [les Jeux]. Why are we asking? We must not ask ourselves. We’re in Paris, damn it. […] We have the Olympics [chez nous] and, twenty months before, we don’t know where we fuck volleyball, where we fuck handball and where we fuck basketball. […] That’s what pisses me off. »

I don’t want to be the laughingstock of the world. »

In all likelihood, before heading to the AccorHotels Arena in Bercy for the final phase, the preliminary phase of the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments should take place in Lille. Both for economic and logistical issues.

For us, the best option is to swap the preliminary phases of handball and basketball », noted in this regard Michaël Aloïsio, the spokesperson for the 2024 Olympics. We know that the Lille room works for basketball. We organized Euro 2015 there and it was a monumental success, with a record attendance for a basketball match in Europe and an extraordinary atmosphere. […] When you cross all the options, with the technical feasibility, the general balance of the Games and the budgetary impact, the option that emerges as the most rational is Lille. »

A statement that makes sense, because the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, already hinted last week that the Pierre-Mauroy stadium was expected to host the first round of basketball tournaments in 2024.

We’ll find common ground », she said. ” Discussions are progressing well between FIBA ​​and the Paris 2024 teams. The IOC is looking at all of this with its own spirit of conciliation. Today, there is a real option around Lille. »

For his part, Nicolas Batum is also worried about the image that these Olympic Games in Paris will send elsewhere in the world. More particularly in the United States, four years before the Los Angeles Olympics…

Team USA is the attraction of the Olympic Games, the stars, the gods of the Olympics », does he deliver on this subject. ” It’s a fact and it’s not to highlight basketball. […] All of that can affect the image of my sport and of Paris 2024. Afterwards, we’re going to Los Angeles in 2028 and I know what we’re going to take as French people. I don’t want to be the laughingstock of the world. Because after Paris, it will be top level. »

Nicholas Batum Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2008-09 ORP 79 18 44.6 36.9 80.8 1.1 1.7 2.8 0.9 1.8 0.6 0.6 0.5 5.4
2009-10 ORP 37 25 51.9 40.9 84.3 0.9 3.0 3.8 1.2 2.2 0.7 0.7 0.7 10.1
2010-11 ORP 80 32 45.5 34.5 84.1 1.4 3.2 4.5 1.5 2.4 0.9 1.0 0.6 12.4
2011-12 ORP 59 30 45.1 39.1 83.6 1.4 3.2 4.6 1.4 1.8 1.0 1.5 1.0 13.9
2012-13 ORP 73 38 42.3 37.2 84.8 1.3 4.3 5.6 4.9 1.9 1.3 2.6 1.1 14.3
2013-14 ORP 82 36 46.5 36.1 80.3 1.4 6.0 7.5 5.1 1.9 0.9 2.5 0.7 13.1
2014-15 ORP 71 34 40.0 32.4 85.7 0.9 5.0 5.9 4.8 1.5 1.1 1.9 0.6 9.4
2015-16 CHA 70 35 42.6 34.8 84.9 0.8 5.3 6.1 5.8 1.6 0.9 2.9 0.6 14.9
2016-17 CHA 77 34 40.3 33.3 85.6 0.6 5.7 6.3 5.9 1.4 1.1 2.5 0.4 15.1
2017-18 CHA 64 31 41.5 33.6 83.1 0.9 3.9 4.8 5.5 1.1 1.0 2.1 0.4 11.6
2018-19 CHA 75 31 45.0 38.9 86.5 1.0 4.3 5.2 3.3 1.9 1.0 1.6 0.6 9.3
2019-20 CHA 22 23 34.6 28.6 90.0 1.1 3.4 4.6 3.0 1.9 0.8 1.0 0.4 3.6
2020-21 LAKE 67 27 46.4 40.4 82.8 0.8 4.0 4.7 2.2 1.5 1.0 0.8 0.6 8.1
2021-22 LAKE 59 25 46.3 40.0 65.8 0.5 3.8 4.3 1.7 1.4 1.0 0.7 0.7 8.3
Total 915 31 43.7 36.3 83.7 1.0 4.2 5.1 3.5 1.7 1.0 1.7 0.6 11.1

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