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Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
Position: F-G
Born: 12/14/88
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Salary: $22,434,783
That “Let it roll off your back” approach is to some extent how every player or coach processes a disappointing season, like the Hornets (18-25) have had so far. But it’s also understandable how Kaminsky feels regarding some caustic fans. “Here’s my thing: You can tell who the real fans are, who show up to games. Those are the people who support you no matter what, through the highs and the lows. Good times, bad times,” Frank Kaminsky said. “And then there are those, I want to say ‘Not-so-into-it’ fans who think they know everything, who think they are like the (general manager) of the team and they should make all the decisions. They’re the ones who show up to the games and boo, think they have a better idea how things are done. Those people are never good for an organization. “Nicolas Batum said it (well): You’ve just got to tune out the bad, and focus on all the positive fans and all the good things they say about you. All the people who root for you, those are the people you play for.”
Roughly five years ago, Hornets guard Nic Batum made a conscious decision to tune out fans’ reviews of his performance. Batum respects fans’ right to vent frustration, but he sees nothing constructive in monitoring that negativity. “I’m the first one to be mad (about poor performances), trust me. But I don’t really care what people say,” Batum said at practice Tuesday. “You know you’re going to get criticized every day. It’s going to be right there. So I don’t really care about that, anyway.”
Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum understands he’s been the lightning rod this season for general criticism over his team’s poor record. He doesn’t take offense to fans ripping him. He also doesn’t pay the least attention to the noise. “I don’t really care about it,” said Batum, a 6-foot-8 Frenchman in his 10th NBA season. “If you play basketball as a pro, you go through that. For the last four or five years, I stopped” listening to or reading fan chatter, Batum said Tuesday, following practice.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. He spoke with his team on Friday. “It’s great news,” Batum said. “I called him right away and talked to him. It’s good to know he’s coming back, and it’s good to know he’s getting better. He’s been out a few weeks, and it could be scary (to be sick), but the most important thing right now is his health.”
If things keep going how they are, could you see them trying to trade (veterans) like Marvin (Williams) and maybe (Nic) Batum to get some youth and maybe picks? Rick Bonnell: I’m sure they’d explore any other team’s interest in the veterans, but that would be true if the Hornets were on track to win 50 games. No one on this roster – even Walker – is so good he couldn’t be traded. However, this isn’t baseball, where the trade deadline sets a stark line between buyers and sellers. If you trade away Williams’ or Batum’s contract, you’re going to have to take back a contract another team wants to discard. You probably won’t get a treasure chest of young talent and/or draft picks. So you would have to explore such options warily.
Storyline: Nicolas Batum Trade?
Gobert said Tony Parker is considered the father of the French connection to the NBA. The considerable talent to come stateside includes Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, former Celtic Mickael Pietrus, and Ian Mahinmi. “There’s always some players coming up,” Gobert said. “A lot of times, I don’t have time to follow up on all of them, they’re already in the NBA. So there’s always some good talent. I think the guys that really helped are Tony Parker and Boris. They gave us a bit of credibility and now scouts all over the world realized there was so much talent. It’s great for France and all the other countries.”