During an interview with L’Equipe, Vincent Collet, the coach of the France basketball team, returned to Rudy Gobert’s new contract with Utah and the Blues’ offseason in the NBA.
One less worry for Vincent Collet. A few months before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will normally take place in the summer of 2021, the French coach can normally count on Rudy Gobert, who has just extended a contract for 205 million dollars over five years with the Utah Jazz. record. ” His contract? It’s impressive. But this corresponds to the evolution of this league, which is closer to football. It takes on such a dimension that it is hard to imagine it, but it corresponds to a certain reality, with a TV contract at 2.6 billion dollars per year. […] What’s remarkable for Rudy is also that he becomes the highest paid hub in history, when most of the players hitting those amounts are usually outsiders and forwards, while he dominates in defense. […] The number of players that we continue to send confirms that the Jeep Elite is considered an excellent springboard », Explained Collet in an interview with L’Equipe.
“Good news for the Games”
With this contract already signed, Gobert will have a slightly less busy summer 2021, with his future already confirmed, and will be able to focus on the end of the NBA season, then the preparation for the Olympics with the Blues. ” This is good news because the problem will not arise this summer, even if the normal schedule of the Games remains hypothetical. However, during the last two editions, systematically, contract negotiations have interfered with the preparation. I understand that Evan (Fournier), who i spoke with recently, also want to get things done as fast as possible “, Also recognized the coach of the France team, who carefully monitors the development of other young players, such as Thimothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Killian Hayes, Sekou Doumbouya, Théo Maledon, Frank Ntilikina and many others . Indeed, the French are currently 11 to play in the prestigious North American basketball league.
“This new chance is a boost”
Finally, Collet also spoke about the arrival of Nicolas Batum at the Los Angeles Clippers, candidate for the title, while he was at a stalemate on the side of the Charlotte Hornets. ” At the 2019 World Cup, he was not 100% and yet he was essential. I saw no way out for him in Charlotte. He was not in the best psychological condition. This new chance is a boost, explained the former Strasbourg coach. Hopefully the trajectory is similar to that of Boris Diaw, who left the same franchise and landed in San Antonio, where he won a title in 2014. For Nicolas, there was no better scenario than the Clippers. This is excellent news, for him, as for the France team, for the Olympics. “Good news for France, which will inevitably be expected in Tokyo.
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