Basketball World Cup: “It’s a bit of a shame,” says Tony Parker after the “fiasco” of the Blues

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BASKETBALL The former leader of the France team was not kind to the Blues after their elimination in the first round of the Basketball World Cup

World Basketball Cup: “It’s a bit of a shame”, declares Tony Parker after the “fiasco  of the Blues< /p>Tony Parker during his induction into the Hall of Fame last August. — Getty Images via AFP

Rank cars and parquet floors, shrinkage Tony Parker was strongly marked by the elimination of the French team during the first round of the 2023 World Cup. If Vincent Collet's Blues ended up winning their last three matches, so as not to come out of a totally ridiculous competition that they aspired to win, the first two losses synonymous with elimination in the group stage, against Canada and Latvia, were not at all. to the taste of the former French leader.

“There, we really experienced a fiasco,” he said. on RMC. I talked about it For a long time with Nicolas Batum, we talked about for an hour on the phone, and it's true that it's very, very disappointing. It's not normal for such a team to lose in the first round. We have never seen Spain and the United States come out in the first round. And it’s a shame, because our generation worked hard to achieve this. so hard to bring France back to normal a certain level, so that we are respected, by Fiba, the referees, other countries. It’s so hard to have respect. Latvia had a great match, they had some crazy shots, but it's not normal, it's a bit of a shame.»

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Strong choices to choose from to do for the Olympics

The former glory of the Spurs was then projected onto the next 2024 Olympics, at the Olympic Games. Paris, inviting the Blues to “Don't panic”. For him, to question the coach at the same time. one year of the big Parisian meeting would be “stupid”. But he still expects the French staff to make the right decisions so as not to miss out. home in less than a year.

« They're going to have big choices to choose from. to do, he warned. If you bring back big players like Joel Embiid, Victor [Wembanyama], it has to be complementary with the rest because it could mean the departure of certain executives, which could make headlines. We need to improve the team, we need changes, but it's not going to be easy.»