Collet Will Think It Over

13 September 2012

EUROBASKET 2013

France Head Coach Vincent Collet
It still remains to be seen who will be in charge of France at the EuroBasket as head Vincent Collet is considering his future

Vincent Collet is unsure if he wants to continue as the coach of France but he hasn't ruled out the possibility of staying at the helm

In charge of the side since EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, Collet led the team into the 2010 FIBA World Championship and also guided them to a silver medal at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

That accomplishment got Les Bleus into the Olympics for the first time since 2000, and they had a terrific campaign in London, reaching the Quarter-Finals before falling to Spain, 66-59, in an extremely hard-fought game.

Next up for the French is the huge challenge of the 24-team EuroBasket in Slovenia.

Crucial for Collet is that veterans Boris Diaw and Tony Parker have thrown their support behind him.

"The Federation will be the first decision-maker, and I also have to reflect on it," Collet said in an interview with L'Equipe.

"But the backing from Tony Parker and Boris Diaw does warm my heart."

Some coaches, however popular, eventually turn down the chance to stay in charge of a national team because they often have duties as a club coach as well.

"The investment is huge for me and my family," Collet said.

"I am also a club coach (at Strasbourg). I have to think if I can perform both functions over a long period.

"I'm not a machine. I have to think about my family, and this is what will tip the balance."

If France show up with the same side that competed at the London Games, an extremely talented group, they will have as good a chance as any team to reach the podium in Slovenia.

 


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