Livio Jean-Charles recently gave an interview to French site BeBasket and while his answers were by no means scandalous, there are some great nuggets there. For starters, Livio states that he doesn’t know whether he is a small forward or a power forward and he and his coach will try to develop his game to be able to play both positions, which I consider great news. He also mentions that he wouldn’t be too thrilled to play in the D-League, which is not great news. But the biggest takeaway from that interview has to be this paragraph: An assistant for the Spurs is by your side this season. What exactly is his role? Is it about your personal development? David was sent by the Spurs, and he will be present throughout the year. He is here to witness but also be involved with my season here. But I want to be clear, Peter Vincent is in charge of my evolution at ASVEL.
San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker has now become the majority share holder in French club ASVEL according to French site L’Equipe. Parker, who served as the team’s Vice President of Basketball Operations, will take the helm of the team in May where he will become the club’s President after acquiring a majority of the shares. “I decided to buy the whole club. Now I’m the majority shareholder and from the end of May I will be president of the Asvel “said Parker.
Tony Parker: I want to play another 5 or 6 years in the NBA and then I will play my last season with ASVEL.
Travis Leslie is leaving JSF Nanterre to join ASVEL Villeurbanne, according to Le Progres. Leslie was signed by Nanterre who replaced him with Sergii Gladyr.
ASVEL Villurbanne decided to go to Kelenna Azubuike for the swingman spot. As the influential Catch and Shoot reports parts are looking to find an agreement to take Kelenna in France. Azubuike was plagued by knees problems but with the Tony Parker’s approval the team is ready to present an offer.
In an interview with Le Progres, Tony Parker confirmed that he is still involved with ASVEL Villeurbanne. The PG of the Spurs strongly criticized the signing of Chace Stanback, a newcomer in Villeurbanne. “He is null. He is not the player we had thought. We have a genius as scout. I don’t want to criticize Bob Sudre, but when you watch players, there are more that are better than him. Personally I told him: ‘Who is that guy?'” said Parker who confirmed that Stanback is still in the roster of ASVEL.
Mike Monroe: Spurs Tony Parker in great shape after return from playing for ASVEL in France. ‘I’m ready to go. I played my last game last week.’
For those of you wondering about Ronny Turiaf’s debut with Asvel Basket, well, it was a bit of a mixed bag of results on Sunday. After resolving insurance issues, the locked-out New York Knick started for Asvel as Tony Parker’s side hosted defending LNB champions/ Euroleague team SLUC Nancy. Turiaf looked good enough in his first game since injuring his hand in a friendly match leading up to the 2011 EuroBasket tournament, going for nine points (including one effusive dunk early on; see below Asvel-based YouTube clip), eight rebounds (four offensive), three assists and five fouls drawn in 25 minutes of court time.
Emiliano Carchia: Tony Parker said that Ronny Turiaf landed on Monday in Lyon trying to find a solution for his insurance. Via @Laurent Sallard
Emiliano Carchia: Ronny Turiaf said that he will take the plane on Wednesday and Thursday will be in France. He hopes to have his first practice with the team
“I will be on the plane on Wednesday and I hope to take part in my first training session by the end of the week,” Turiaf was quoted on the club’s website. Bartelstein, however, said no plane reservations have been made Turiaf would join All-Star point guard Tony Parker on the club. Turiaf has a French heritage, growing up in Martinique. He was given a huge ovation during the Knicks’ preseason game in Paris last October.
Ronny Turiaf, the Knicks oft-injured center, may take his cranky knees overseas to France to play for Villeurbanne during the NBA lockout. The French League team announced it on its website yesterday, but agent Mark Bartlestein said the deal isn’t done as they look into insurance. “There’s definitely a lot of insurance things that have to be worked out,” Bartlestein told The Post.
ASVEL made official in its website the signing during the NBA lock out of Ronny Turiaf. The french team member, which couldn’t play at the Euro because of its broken left hand, joins Tony Parker under the green Jersey. The New York Knicks center never played in Pro A as he went to to the university of Gonzaga, before joining the NBA and the Lakers, the warriors and then the Knicks.
According to Catch-and-Shoot, Ronny Turiaf might be announced today by ASVEL Villeurbanne. The big man agreed to terms with the team where also Tony Parker is playing during the lockout. Turiaf could make his debut next weekend in the game against Gravelines.
Parker said he turned down rich offers from China and elsewhere to play for Asvel. French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported that his playing insurance cost Parker $250,000 for three months. Parker wouldn’t give a figure but said: “I’m not going to make my own club pay for my insurance.” “For me it wasn’t at all a question of money,” he said. “If it was a question of money, I would have gone to China or to Barcelona. What was most important to me was to give back to France everything that it give to me.
Parker said he wants to grow Asvel into “one of the biggest clubs in Europe” and build an academy there for young players, too, next to its planned new arena. In sneakers and ripped jeans, Parker didn’t look like a typical suit – but he does talk the talk. “First meeting, Monday, 8:30,” he said, looking ahead to next week. Then, he joked: “We are going to have to change the hours.” “There are always projects. There are always things to do, managing people and different personalities. I like the development side, watching the young players, recruiting them, choosing who we are going to sign. All aspects of managing a club,” he said.
He will play for minimum wage: $2,000 a month. But he’ll also get valuable hands-on front-office experience working alongside club president Gilles Moretton. Asked if this was something of a business internship for him, Parker said: “Exactly, exactly.” “I always said that after my career I wanted to be the president of a club and manage a club,” Parker said at a news conference at a luxury Paris hotel on Thursday. “With Gilles, I have the perfect president to learn from. He can train me so that I am ready in 10 years when I retire. “I’m learning marketing, how to speak to sponsors, how to push projects forward and all that. I want to learn.”
In Parker the player, Parker the general manager got quite a steal. The three-time All-Star, slated to earn $12.5 million in the NBA this season, will play for $1,995 per month in France. “I’ll be playing nearly for free,” Parker told the French daily L’Equipe. “If I play the entire season, we’ll go for the title.” Whether the 29-year-old Parker actually appears in an ASVEL uniform at all largely will be determined at the collective bargaining table, where NBA owners and its players union face a Monday deadline to settle their dispute before regular-season games must be canceled or delayed.
What are the financial terms? Tony Parker: I reached an agreement for my insurance two days ago. I will play in France for the minimum salary. I am going to earn 1,500 euros a month. I will pay for my insurance. I didn’t want ASVEL to pay anything. Hadn’t I received my insurance, I would have stayed in San Antonio. I had big offers from China, a nice one from Barcelona. But I said from the beginning: It’s in France and nowhere else.
Why did you decide to come back to play in France? Tony Parker: I must admit that at the end of the NBA season, I couldn’t picture myself playing with ASVEL. But during the summer, I started talking with French National Team teammates: Boris Diaw, Batum. Starting from there, the idea of playing in France became real. Then, coming back from the Eurobasket, when I noticed all the passion surrounding our silver medal, I figured it would be a good idea. My family, my friends, wouldn’t stop telling me, “Come on, come back, we’ll be able to see you play.” I realized there may not be another opportunity to come play in France.
What have you decided regarding playing or not vith ASVEL ? Tony Parker: Today I can tell you: Yes, I will play with ASVEL during the lockout. I made my decision Monday. It’s a huge joy for me to come back to France. It’s natural to land in Villeurbanne.
Tony Parker signed in Asvel (Lyon, France). He will not play this weekend but the next against Paris
Emiliano Carchia: AFP wrote today that next week Tony Parker will announce whether he will play or not for French team ASVEL Villeurbanne during NBA lockout
“In the next days I will see my lawyers and we will see how many chance I have to return to Europe. Insurance companies are happy because any NBA player got injured during Eurobasket so they are not going to raise the prices. I hope I can negotiate a good price. For sure, If I sign with ASVEL, I am going to pay by my own the cost of the insurance” said Tony Parker.