HoopsHype Bismack Biyombo rumors

February 6, 2012 Updates

But lately the losing has become even more gruesome, with the worst loss in franchise history after getting destroyed by the Blazers in Portland. Are you guys behind coach Paul Silas? Bismack Biyombo: Yes, we believe in Silas. We have some injured players, although that is not a excuse. It's a very difficult situation. It's complicated to say that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow we will win. He always says that the most difficult thing is winning. He's been there, he knows how it is to be in a winning situation. Although we have injuries, we must stay optimistic, keep working. Yes, we have lost some games by a lot of points but it doesn't mean we don't care. We lose, we practice the next day and we do our best. Personally I'm impressed about how hard we're practicing. It's true that is frustrating that we're losing, but with our effort I'm sure we will win again. HoopsHype

What can you tell us about the time you played in Yemen? Bismack Biyombo: I left my country and I got there and it was another world for me. It was my first time out of my country and I missed my family and friends. My father and my brothers, they gave me the strength to succeed there and then go to Spain. I had to fight a lot ever yday, facing difficult challenges there. Things that I haven't experienced in my life. It helped me a lot to grow as a person. What kind of challenges you had to face? Bismack Biyombo: You know, there were difficulties because of my religious beliefs. I'm a Christian, and sometimes Christians and Muslims don't get along... But at the end it was a great experience. HoopsHype

January 29, 2012 Updates

He is the eldest of seven children and speaks longingly of his brothers and sisters -- he hasn't been back to Africa since before the June NBA draft. He is the rare NBA player who doesn't like video games because he believes he has outgrown them. "I cannot play video games anymore," Biyombo said. "I'd rather look something up on the Internet and learn something. Or read a book." Charlotte Observer

Biyombo said his father was hard on him as a youth, intent on his son forging a better life. He made him take extra English classes after school, for instance. "I cannot thank my parents enough for that now," Biyombo said. "But I did not like it at the time." Biyombo mostly was a good student, he said, but was once temporarily kicked out of school for concentrating too much on basketball and not enough on schoolwork. His father went to the school and worked out a deal where Biyombo would take a summer class and return to his studies. By the time he was 14, Biyombo was good enough at basketball to be playing not only for a school team but also for a semi-pro team in the area. He was the youngest player on the pro squad and some of the other players resented him. "Guys started fighting me," Biyombo said. "Guys got fined for that. Guys got suspended for that. And I never quit. I was like 'Man, you can kick me today. You can fight me today. And the next day I'm going to come back and you'll have to fight me again. I'm coming back unless you kill me.'" Charlotte Observer

Biyombo is something of a one-man Rosetta Stone. We conducted multiple interviews in English for this story -- he speaks it fluently, just like he speaks French, Spanish and an African dialect. He translated my interview with his father, who speaks French. He also speaks French with teammate Boris Diaw and Spanish with teammate Eduardo Najera. Biyombo is an admitted neat freak who tidies his own place every day. He said he loves Charlotte for one reason above all, which he remembers every day when he walks from his uptown apartment to Time Warner Cable Arena to go to work. "Charlotte is so clean!" Biyombo said. "I keep wondering, where is all the trash? It is beautiful." Charlotte Observer

January 22, 2012 Updates
January 18, 2012 Updates

Biyombo played a big part in Howard committing five fouls. It wasn't enough to hold off the Magic in the Bobcats' 96-89 loss at Amway Center, but it held promise for the future, concerning the springy 6-foot-9 big man from the Congo. "He played Dwight tough. He didn't just let him back it in all the way to the rim. He's my toughest player," Silas said of Biyombo, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Biyombo didn't have much to say about his big night except this about Howard: "He's strong....I'm strong, too." Charlotte Observer

January 1, 2012 Updates

Charlotte media's first interaction with Biyombo, the day after the Bobcats chose him seventh overall during June, was entertaining and enlightening. Someone asked a perfunctory question about new general manager Rich Cho's interest. Biyombo's animated reply made it sound like a manhunt. "Everyone knows he was trying to move up to pick me," Biyombo said of Cho, who spent part of last season with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Bobcats front office. "When I first met him, he was like, 'Wow, I'm in Portland wanting to move up now!' And then he has No. 9 (in Charlotte), so he says, 'We'll pick you up.' "And then, after all my workouts, it's 'Nah-nah-nah-nah. You are not getting to nine!' So after that, they move up again." Charlotte Observer

December 20, 2011 Updates

The basic facts: Biyombo had signed a contract that would have paid him about $100,000 had he played for Fuenlabrada this season. The team clamed Biyombo owed Fuenlabrada 80 percent of his earnings, world-wide, for the foreseeable future. Bell understandably was looking to minimize what Biyombo would have to pay. So he offered a $400,000 settlement, according to a source privy to the negotiations. That only stiffened Fuenlabrada's resolve, and there was concern whether Biyombo - the No. 7 overall pick in the draft - would play for the Bobcats at this season. That's when Higgins, backed by a half-dozen attorneys, interceded. "After communicating with the agent and seeing nothing was getting done, we felt we had to take control of this process,'' Higgins told the Observer on Monday. "We invited (Fuenlabrada management) to come talk with us. We initially said we would come over there and they insisted on coming to the States, which was fine with us." Charlotte Observer

So Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Bobcats and Fuenlabrada management huddled. What Higgins first heard was stunning: Fuenlabrada expected 4 million Euros - about $5.2 million - to permit Biyombo to sign with the Bobcats. "I couldn't believe it,'' Higgins recalled. "They were steadfast on the 4 million. At that point, talks basically broke down. We knew what we could do," and that wasn't doable. Charlotte Observer

The Bobcats spared no effort trying to resolve this. Aside from their in-house attorney, Andre Walters, and general manager Rich Cho (who has a law degree) the team retained a New York law firm and a local attorney fluent in Spanish to aid in the talks. Negotiating on Biyombo's behalf, they made one last offer of about $1.5 million -- $525,000 to be paid by the Bobcats and the rest by Biyombo. That offer was rejected as the meetings with Fuenlabrada broke up Thursday. Biyombo kept sitting out practice, looking more glum by the day. Higgins began seriously considering the possibility the No. 7 pick might never play this season."I was so afraid for the kid," Higgins said. "Every time we felt like there was a clear-cut resolution, something would change. Always a different speed bump along the road." Charlotte Observer

December 19, 2011 Updates
December 16, 2011 Updates

The future of Bismack Biyombo is up in the air. The young player, picked by Charlotte Bobcats in the last NBA draft is taken hostage by Fuenlabrada who is asking €4M as buyout to let him leave for the States. Sportando

Fuenlabrada valued the player €4M: 1.2M as buyout, plus the federal rights until December 2014, plus a fine for having missed 4 games and 64 practices last season before ACB playoffs when Biyombo left to have some workouts in the States. The Spanish team is ready to negotiate a buyout to help Biyombo to leave but the NBA team are allowed to pay maximum $500.000 as buyout and the difference, in this case, should be paid by the young player. Sportando

December 15, 2011 Updates

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