HoopsHype Vincent Collet rumors
Tony Parker and Nicholas Batum both headline the 12-man roster that France will have when they arrive in Ljubljana next month for Eurobasket. Head coach Vincent Collet has surprised many however by leaving out Leo Westermann, Evan Fournier and Kim Tille, a decision that was made by Collet on Saturday night, before the team’s first defeat of the pre-Eurobasket warm-ups to Greece. Many expected Fournier to make his senior debut this summer in Slovenia after impressing at under-20 level. He was also a major standout at last year’s Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy – where they showcase young European prospects under the watchful eye of NBA scouts. "Evan [Fournier] had little time to show us what he could do, and although in the last few games he improved and started to play more freely, it was still not enough to make us change our mind about what we had seen before," Collet explained. TalkBasket
Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers, is another French NBA star who is included on the squad announced by head coach Vincent Collet, as are France captain Boris Diaw and Nando De Colo, both Parker's team-mates at San Antonio. Eurobasket 2013
Will we see you in the French National Team next year? Ian Mahinmi: Well, it's my fault, I haven't called Vincent Collet back. He called me like twice three weeks ago. For now I'm not really focusing on the French National Team, we have the playoffs. But, well, it's my turn to call him back, you can write that down. We'll see, I don't feel like making a statement now. Sport24
Vincent Collet (France's head coach) when asked about the Batum punch on Navarro: "Ask Rudy Fernandez about what he did to Tony Parker at the Eurobasket final last year." 20minutes.fr
The highlight came after what has become the traditional groin punch. A Spanish reporter asked the French coach about the low blow, and the French coach wouldn’t answer because the question came from a Spanish reporter. San Antonio Express-News
On the eve of the quarterfinals game, French coach Vincent Collet stopped to visit with Russia's coach David Blatt at the Lee Valley Training Center to probe him on some defensive ideas for Spain. For a few moments, they talked about the Spain-Brazil game, and the French coach made clear his belief that Spain had gone down for the count. Yahoo! Sports
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