Vincent Collet Rumors
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will not take part in this year’s World Cup with France as he needs to rest, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) said on Friday. Parker, a three-time NBA champion, led France to their first continental title last year and was named 2013 European Player of the year. “Tony Parker is not in the squad. (Coach) Vincent Collet and I want him to take some rest after many demanding campaigns with France and demanding seasons with his club,” the national technical director Patrick Beesley said in a statement.
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.
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.