Vincent Collet Rumors
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.”
In an interview published in the French basketball federation website, Collet explained his decision: “About Evan Fournier, if we made a step back, I said that we should worry about the present. I believe that our seven backcourt players have well fulfilled their different roles. Regarding the balance in that sector, I found that it was great. On the contrary, we had difficulties in the paint which could have created more issues further in the Olympic tournament. When people see things from the outside they can ask questions. Even myself, before leaving for Manilla, I believed that I integrate Fournier after the tournament. I say that clearly, because I thought that at least one backcourt player will not be quite convincing on his role, but that was not the case. After that, because of the balance achieved, I did not want to change anything.
Vincent Collet’s Facebook account was hacked on Tuesday. On the page of the The French National Team head coach appeared a long statement in which it is written “The Spaniards are doped like pigs”. A friend of the coach in the comments confirmed that the account was hacked.
France have revealed their final 12-man roster for Eurobasket 2015 with Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Thomas Heurtel the last two to be cut. The European champions will be based in Montpellier and face Russia, Poland, Finland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Israel in Group A with the co-hosts looking to advance to the second and final rounds, which will be held in Lille. No doubt, the squad that coach Vincent Collet has selected is a strong one, plenty of international and NBA experience, including the 2013 Eurobasket MVP Tony Parker along with Nicholas Batum, Boris Diaw and the promising Rudy Gobert.