David Kahn (basketball in Paris): “We are ready for the European Cup”

On the occasion of the opening, on the morning of July 12, of the ticket office for the prestigious match, scheduled under the roof of the Philippe Chatrier Stadium at Roland Garros, on October 16, and at the time of assessing the four years since he took charge of the fate of Paris Basketball American President of the capital club, David Kahn, Address the crucial points for the next season.

He was alone, facing dozens of journalists, in the hall of the Cultural Center in Les Halle, and in the background a huge picture of the Philippe Chatrier Stadium, which will host the Betclic Championship match on October 16. elite. He is, as we feel, an exceptional event close to his heart, in his desire to make a good reputation, to mark the area and capacity of the event organization of his club. But David Kahn, somewhat generally satisfied with the progress of basketball in Paris, which will play the European Cup on controversial invitation (15th place in the tournament last year) also knows that he has little certainty and vision that, on the spot, no Especially with regard to the workforce for the upcoming season. Overview with the Parisian president.

Roland Garros match:
“We are very proud of this historic basketball game at Roland Garros. We opened the ticket office to the public this morning (Tuesday 12 July), and we want to practice an attractive pricing policy. The idea is to allow the family audience access to this type of event. We are really very happy that Roland-Garros He had the idea of ​​putting a roof on this court, allowing them to explore avenues of events other than tennis. Once we knew it, we approached them. Roland-Garros is a worldwide famous brand that has always been around. We, as Americans, must innovate. We want to create an event, on a special ground around basketball. It offers more than a game of basketball. And if this kind of event can be used to drive the impact of basketball, in Paris and France, it’s much better. The opponent? We can tell you that he will be a strong opponent. Also, it will not be ASVEL.”

European Nations Cup:
“Four years ago it was said that our club is advancing ‘step by step’. We have never had the desire to cut corners, we are still cautious. We know we need the Arena to reach a milestone, like the European Cup, which will also help us go forward. I think we are ready for the European Cup because we are ready to enter the Arena. I don’t think the Euroleague chose us based on what we did last season, but they chose us for what we can offer next season. This is an opportunity that has nothing to do with what we were last year. Now, we must do our best to move up. To the level of this very serious challenge. We have to lead.”

Recruitment 2022-2023:
“It’s complicated at the moment. We have eight players on contract but we’re a bit ‘frozen’ because of the situation of our players who are currently trying their luck in the NBA. So we are very dependent on what Johan will do. (Bjarrin, currently with the Boston Celtics) and Ismail (Kamagati, who is trying his luck with the Denver Nuggets). Of course, I would like them to come back, but I also wish they could sign there. All of our recruitment depends on whether or not they are with the team. We cannot sign players in their positions, without knowing if they will come back or not. It wouldn’t be fair to anyone. We have to tread very carefully in the recruitment process this summer. We have to wait for the end of the summer league to see more clearly and find solutions. As for the coach? (Jean-Christophe Pratt, still under contract) I don’t want to isolate anyone. We were all a little less than we could do. I don’t want to name anyone, just keep in mind that each of us should be better next year. »

Arena Port de la Chapelle:
“If you go by car, Porte de la Chapelle, you will see this square being built, which is supposed to open in fifteen months. I am pleased that after a deal with the city council, we have exclusively acquired the only resident club there for a ten-year lease. Carpentier, we’ve created something, a soul, a community, and we have to be careful to take it all with us, north, to the track.But at Carpentier, we’ve also been very limited in terms of generating the needed revenue: not enough seats, VIP seating, and reception areas. … We really need this arena. I am proud of what we have achieved in these four years, but the club is still a young child, and we are still very young. With this arena we will be able to achieve more ambitions. And after walking we can learn to run.”

Pictured: David Kahn (Thomas Savuga)

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