Vincent Collet Rumors

Evan Fournier was arguably the most notable absence of France in the Olympic Games. The Orlando Magic player gave an interview to French L’Equipe “breaking” his silence regarding his exclusion from his national team’s roster and expressing an obvious resentment on the whole matter. “I hated not being in the Olympic Games,” he said. “I had suspected that I won’t make the cut a week before I was informed about it. I was reading interviews where only Rudy (Gobert) was mentioned among the players who didn’t play in the OQT but would go to Rio. In the end, I received a voicemail by Vincent Collet that briefly explained the reasons I was left out.”
Lack of proper communication between him and Federation was also something that frustrated Fournier. “The only time I’ve heard from the Federation this year was during a visit from Patrick Beesley (French NT technical director) in Orlando where he told me the dates of the qualifying tournament and Olympics. He didn’t tell me ‘If you do not come in Manila, then you do not come in Rio’. The second time was via an sms by Vincent Collet. It was our only contact outside competitions in the last three years. He was asking me for tickets to a game for his friends. I never closed the door to the French national team but these events sent me a clear message. That I’m not in the project. It’s that simple and it hurts.”
But if France plays like it did against Australia, which was more physical and creative offensively, it will leave Rio without a medal. “It’s supposed to be the main goal,” France coach Vincent Collet said of earning a medal. “Every time we talk about it with Boris, Tony and even the younger players — Nando (De Colo), Nicolas — they know how important it should be to get a medal. “That’s why it’s surprising what we did today. But I promise we will be much better the next game.”
Losing a game doesn’t mean France won’t advance to the knockout round. With Venezuela and China also in Group A with USA, Australia and Serbia, France should emerge. But a loss to Serbia and USA could put France in a spot where it would play the top team from Group B (possibly Spain) in the quarterfinals. “I don’t think looking for excuses will help us. I think it’s part of the chemistry and staying together,” Collet said. “Our chemistry helped us the last couple of years to help us get good results. We didn’t show it today.”
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