The dog days of August are upon we writers of NBA blogs. With no signings to report, here's a quick look at how Gelabale and Petro are faring at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
Gelabale: 9.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 62% FT
Petro: 5.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Petro had a nice showing against Serbia & Montenegro, posting 8 points in a mere 12 minutes. Likewise, Gelabale's had 1 good game (14 points and 7 boards against Nigeria), and 2 other not-so-good games. Too early to get a good read on the games, but Gelabale's presence in the starting lineup is reassuring, and Petro has done what you would expect out of such a young player.
If you're wondering what the caliber of play is in these games, here's a quote from the AP story of France's win over Nigeria:
"Frederic Weis was the catalyst for France early on."
In other news, Eva Longoria's happy Tony Parker got hurt, because it makes it easier for her to root for the American team. Glad that crisis was averted.
Oh, and Ibo Kutluay is still alive. He also scored more points in 30 minutes against Lithuania than he did in his entire Sonic career. I'm guessing signing Ibo to a 2-year contract won't go on Rick Sund's resume any time soon.
I like the sound of "Les Soniques." Not that it makes any more sense. Where's our French correspondent, Bob?
Yo bob, pollez vu frances??
I got good news... that gum you like is going to come back in style.
Weis is now a really good European Center, he is not the awful player he was few years ago.
Gelabale is playing ok for the moment but not great : very good defensively but just decent offensively for the moment.
He has a lot of pressure on him with Parker's absence and has troubles to step up his game. Same thing with Diaw (playing good but far from his best level)and it's even worse for Mike Pietrus who has been really awful.
Petro is a good surprise
One of the only useful bench player. Very efficient offensively.
nique the french
France won against Angola and will be in the Fourth Final.
Gelabale was probably the best french player with an excellent defense+ 14 points (6/9) and 6 rebounds
Petro didn’t play.
Thanks for the update, Bob!
Israeli newspapers are saying that Halperin will sign with the Sonics today.
He was impressive in the Euroleague this year but i'm not sure he is ready for the speed of the NBA
is it possible to delete the stupids anti-french posts ? :)
I'm used to francophobia but it's never fun to be insulted
Hasn't it been a couple centuries since that term has been used?
Good to see that Johan and Mikael are getting playing in the WC. I hope that gives them even more confidence for the season.
BTW: Germany just got their butts kicked today against team USA and will play France now to decide who'll play in the 5th and 7th place match.
Who do you guys think will win it all? I'd say Argentina, though, team USA aint no chumps this time around.
Petro played very bad today ! :(
He was totally useless in defense and offense.
Gelabale was again the best french player on the court.
I really don't know who's gonna win as the 4 teams have been impressive.
I would say Argentina or USA.
The France/Germany will be interesting too but i'm pessimistic as we don't have a player able to stop Dirk...
Thanks for the update, Bob. FYI, there's an article up at hoopshype.com with Mickael Gelabale. Nothing too interesting to learn, but I found it interesting that he hadn't asked Johan Petro many questions about Seattle, preferring to learn as he goes in Seattle.
As to the anti-French comments, don't sweat it. Only people with no appreciation/knowledge of history would insult the French for France's lack of courage. Anyone who's read more than 2 pages of World War I history would know that the French gave more to win that war than any other nation. It's easy for Americans to criticize France for not standing up to the Nazis, but it's easy to be superior when your nation (the US) is protected by thousands of miles of ocean. Its not so easy to be courageous when Hitler is a one-day drive from your doorstep.
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Crasy game against Germany !
France won 75-73 thanks to a winning shot by Gelabale :
7 points (2/3) 8 rebounds and 1 assist in 24 min for him.
Next game Saturday for the 5th place against Turkey with maybe a funny match-up Gelabale vs Kutluay !
I agree with anonymous, I too hate the french.
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