With the French National Team boasting such key players as San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and several others, you’d expect the French to have any number of players they could go to with the a game on the line.
But it’s newest Spur Nando De Colo who is considered to be France’s clutch player, according to a post on BasketNews (via Google Translate).
Parker is the undisputed leader of the Blues. Batum his lieutenant. Diaw Captain. Still, 4 years, the most clutch player for the Blues a shot on the buzzer was undoubtedly Nando De Colo. Even against Greece at Euro 2009, a match on the team would still lose, Nando has returned the fire of victory. He held that role all season with Valencia and former Cholet and features unquestionably the arm, shot after dribbling and mentality to succeed in this very particular kind of situation. Tony Parker has made great progress in the ends of matches, it is now a player capable of overthrowing a meeting alone in the money-time and in some ways, in terms of the hierarchy of the team, it is logical that the ball ends up in his hands at the end of a match. As against Australia last night. The debate exists. De Colo and back to defend. Jordan, in his time did not hesitate at times to pass the ball to Steve Kerr or John Paxton for the last long range dagger.Why not?
While the Spurs already have the likes of Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal who could be called on for key shots in big games, it never hurts to have yet another option
A drive-and-dish by Parker to De Colo open on the three-point line could definitely win some games for France this summer, and potentially for the Spurs all next season.
Who needs Gene Hackman when Parker and De Colo can put The French Connection on display during the season and off season.