FRA - Turiaf makes French team, Petro battles Julian and Diarra out
BERLIN (FIBA World Championship) - France coach Claude Bergeaud has decided that Ronny Turiaf will serve as Frédéric Weis' back-up at center at the FIBA World Championship while also dashing the hopes of Mamoutou Diarra by releasing the small forward.
Les Bleus still have to make one more cut to get down to a 12-man squad and that place will be taken by either youngster Johan Petro or national team veteran Cyril Julian.
With Turiaf and Petro thought to be battling it out for the last place in the squad, the French Basketball Federation announced in a statement: "At the conclusion of the International Tournament of Berlin where France lost to Italy (65-79 ) and Turkey (76-89 ), Claude Bergeaud announced that he drops Mamoutou Diarra.
"And further to Frédéric Weis' injury, the seriousness of which we do not know at this time, the French coach did not wish to take the risk of leaving for Asia with a possible weakness inside.
There 2 different people. Brothers I think......right LR?
So are Diaw, Parker etc playing too?
Yeah, I think either brothers or cousins, but let's just call them related. He doesn't produce as well as Mickael Pietrus but he's a solid contributer. Both Mickael Pietrus and Florent Pietrus are in the starting lineup so far until further notice.
Boris Diaw and Tony Parker are playing. Boris Diaw plays so well on this team; rebounding and scoring at will.
France has so many options to turn to in this World Championship.
I remember last season or two seasons ago, there was a competition in which France competed with a bunch of European teams. Boris Diaw was playing well. This was before his breakout season with the Phoenix Suns. Boris Diaw was playing well, rebounding and scoring and getting his teammates involved.
Incidentally, that was when the Ukraine was playing in that tournament as well. Stanislav Medvedenko was on the team and I was really surprised. He was playing well; attacking the basket and scoring over twenty-something points, but unfortunately he didn't produce those kind of numbers for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Seattle Supersonics have the rights to Mikael Gelabele who is also on this French National Team.
Last edited by LakerRaider : 08-20-2006 at 05:45 PM.