Georges Eddy bid farewell to the French national team

In France, there will be a before and after George Eddy, and the younger ones, fed on BeIN Sports and featured on social networks, are unaware of the impact our colleague from Canal + has had on the NBA’s place in France, and in general basketball. In any sport, it takes a voice to excite and engage the audience. To bring sports into the living rooms.

There was Thierry Rowland, Eugene Saccomano, Terry Gillardi and Roger Koderk in football and rugby. Today there is Grégoire Margotton, Alexandre Pasteur and Julien Fébreau. Georges Eddy is one of the sport’s greatest voices, and tonight, at 66, the French-American will be commenting on his last game for the French team since beIN Sports reclaimed its rights to blues encounters. As of tomorrow, Canal + Afrique will only benefit from its NBA commentary.

“I knew right from the start that my job was to sell basketball to a new audience to spark their interest in American sports.”

And this European Basketball Championship final will be the most emblematic poster: France – Spain. He commented on many of them, and perhaps this is the most beautiful conclusion for the one who knows himself. 50% journalist and 50% actor »When he had to comment on meetings he knew their results.

Tonight is live, and even if we’re not strictly talking about the end of his career, this meeting still feels a bit like the end of 37 years of serving as Canal+ basketball since it all started in 1985 when he was playing in France.

I was still a Racing player and was an early subscriber to Canal+ because I saw that they were about to play American sports. “He told us in 2015.” When I looked at the documentation for the channel with my subscription, I said to myself, “Damn, they’re going to play NBA and I don’t know who’s going to be able to comment on that. I, living in Paris, know the NBA very well and speak French correctly. Without really believing it , I sent my CV to Charles Petrie. My friends at Racing told me I wasn’t known enough and that I would never be picked up. I sent my CV anyway and I did really well because two weeks before my first match he hadn’t yet found a commentator and it was my chance Like this. »

The famous “lucky star” he put on the path of Charles Petrie, the junior series and NBA basketball tournament that started its internationalization. ” I knew right from the start that my job was to sell basketball to a new audience to spark their interest in American sports. By being enthusiastic and highlighting beautiful works, with my expressions and my voice, I have helped spread the sport. »

Humor, innovation and professionalism

Expressions that have survived in posterity like ‘bababum’, ‘Gruyere’s time’, ‘blokorama’ but also ‘make him lose his shorts’, ‘put on your helmet’, ‘stratosphere’…not to mention puns like ‘C’ Rashid Peanuts! ‘, ‘Pau Gasol rolls at the super’ or ‘This Penny is worth a lot of money’.

George Eddy is a voice and an accent, but he’s also a huge professional. It’s also a sincere love for basketball FIBA ​​that he commented on with Eric Besnard, David Cosette, Jacques Monclar or even Stefan Genti and Bruno Paulin. We knew him in the NBA, but he knows European basketball perfectly, whether it’s the Euroleague, the French championship, or the major international tournaments. Besides, he showed us why commenting on the blues is so exciting.

Mostly cleaver matches. It brings out the emotional side and then I’ve known all the players and staff for 20-30 years, so I feel totally involved in everything they’re doing. capturing. ” Perhaps the emotional charge and nervous tension are stronger in the cleaver match where there is no tomorrow if you are eliminated. But this is where you should stay objective and professional“.

“I would like to consider the older brother of these generations that make up the current French team”

Tonight, George Eddy will pay his last “Gentlemen Baba’s Ladies” after a dip from Rudi Joubert. The player who knows his father, who saw him start in Cholet, asserts himself in the NBA and becomes part of the French team. France in the final with the NBA. way to close the loop.

Since the NBA did not exist in France, a young basketball player had trouble figuring out what it was all about. to remember. “I inspired Tony, Nicholas, Boris and even those who came after them like Rudi Gobert or Yvan Fournier. That’s why I consider them my soul children. I can’t say my little brothers because I am old but I would like to be considered the older brother of these generations that make up the current French team.. »

Big Brother is also for a whole generation of journalists, fairly young today, whether they’re commenting on matches on the radio or on beIN Sports like Xavier Vaution, or writing online and in newspapers and magazines. Many have done this work thanks to George. “Mr. George,” as he is called.

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