The NBA has returned to France, the possibility of finding several former tricolor glories, Joakim Noah that we can see on the side of Levallois or Kevin Serafin and Ronny Turiaf among others.
The latter could go back to the growing immigration of French players to the NBA, which he participated in in the early 2000s.
“For the past ten years, we have been able to send at least one French player to every NBA Draft” Basketball Insiders welcomes Ronny Turiaf. “It’s really nice to remember where it started with Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Jérôme Moiso and all the guys before us. We took it and took it a little further. Now the other guys have picked up the stick and are continuing the race. It’s great to see this evolution through changing skills and gameplay. Players are coming in younger now. A great generation is coming from us, French basketball is in good hands. »
For Ronny Turiaf, French basketball is one of the best in the world. The only thing left is to make it happen with a big title on a global scale.
“You just have to see the last Olympic final between France and the USA. we were level. The gap is getting smaller and smaller. This is good for basketball because it makes for very competitive games. It shows that we have a sport that is played all over the world. The United States has long dominated the sport, but it’s becoming increasingly interesting to watch. »
“He can be a sniper his size”
The future of the Blues seems to be planned on the shoulders of Victor Wembanyama anyway. But before that, Ronny Turiaf still predicts that the young interior of the Mets 92 will have to face some challenges after arriving in the NBA.
“The problem Viktor will face is the speed of the game and the repetition of matches. I don’t think he’s used to playing four games a week. And off the field, American culture. Not like France, people behave differently. For me, these are the first hurdles he has to overcome. He already speaks very good English and is already very well covered. »
Victor Vembanyama, the prototypical “unicorn” with his versatility and big profile, inevitably makes American franchises salivate. But Ronny Turiaf warns him that he also needs time to adjust.
“He can still be more accurate with his shot and be a better shooter than he is now. He can be a sniper on his own. In terms of physical development, he is still a teenager, and he should not be rushed. But of course he will mature physically and that should bring a stronger and more balanced aspect to his game. He will probably be able to better meet the demands of the League and the demands of being an NBA star who will play a lot every night. »
“I compare Killian Hayes to Chauncey Billups”
Ronny Turiaf has rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in basketball during his career, including Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Stephen Curry, both with and against him. But he had never seen such an example…
“His style of play is really amazing. This young man plays basketball the right way, makes the right decisions nine times out of 10. He is a good teammate who stands by his team and inspires everyone. I’ve seen him play two or three times and he really is one of a kind! I’m not even talking about his size or his ability to stand up to anything that moves, but when I see the extraordinary things he brings, that’s what excites me the most. »
Under the obvious charm of Victor Vembanyama, Ronny Turiaf also appreciates the rise of Killian Hayes, who could probably welcome him to the AccorArena in Paris Bercy on Thursday. The Pistons’ tricolor leader has found the light after two very difficult first years in the Major Leagues.
“It’s always interesting to hear the word ‘bust,’ especially when it comes to a 19- or 20-year-old kid.” We’ve become so embedded in a culture of instant gratification that we want people to have instant success the first time. But he is a typical example that requires patience. Along the way, you have to accept to manage anxiety. Very few players can make an immediate impact. Take Chauncey Billups for example. I compare it to him because I discussed it with Chauncey. He told me the struggles he knew in Boston were necessary for him to be Finals MVP. That’s what I see in Killian, someone searching for his voice to succeed. I’m happy for him, I can’t wait to see his game and his future, because he can find his place in the team and perform at a high level. »
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