Rediff – Great interview with Nando De Colo, package in Euro: “You had to have a freer summer on a personal level” (1/2)

Last March, Northeastern Nando de Colo formalized his collection for EuroBasket (September 1-18). Dean Al Blues, 35, explained his options in a two-part interview at basketball europeIncluding his desire to return to the 2023 World Cup and the hope of retiring internationally at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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Never in his career had Nando de Colo felt the need to cut ties with the blues. Never, because his investment in the France shirt has been a regular, distinguished and consistent since 2008. So much so that, at the age of thirty-five, he is the Blues’ dean and the most capped international in the activity (185 selections). North will not participate in the EuroBasket tournament, which will be held from September 1-18 in Germany, to be able to benefit from his relatives and return safely to the World Cup 2023, if the Blues qualify there.

If he intends to end his international career at the 2024 Olympics, the future ASVEL player – who this season became the best accumulative player in Euroleague history – hopes to continue writing his story for many years after that. European landscape, even if ” In addition to her 25-year-old legs In a two-part interview with basketball europe, Al-Shamali returns first to his decision to withdraw from the 2022 European Basketball Championship, but also to the role his family played in balancing his career or a season marred by injuries and disappointment at not going to the Euroleague playoffs.

Is your desire to skip the summer at Team France because of a family need, mental saturation, the need to maintain your body or a combination of factors?
“At the end of the day, it’s a combination of things. First of all, I’ve been spending the summer with the France national team for many years. It obviously doesn’t take me all the summer, but it doesn’t leave me a lot of time to be with my family. Unlike the NBA on the For example, once the competition is over you have to quickly join your club because the preparations have already started well. It is always complicated to have the necessary time to rest between two seasons, with the French team in the middle. It was important for me to be able to have a holiday This summer, both to spend time with my wife and daughters, but also to take care of myself to focus a little more on what lies ahead for me in the coming years. It is not an end in itself. I hope to be part of the adventure in 2023 so that I can finish in the Olympics in Paris 2024.

Nando de Colo and his friend Ivan Fournier after beating Slovenia in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. (c) FIBA

How did your coach Vincent Colette and your teammates react to the announcement of your package?
“It was clear that Vincent was aware of the situation, as were my French teammates. I took the time to warn them afterwards…

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Photo: Nando de Colo (FIBA)

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