A good shot should never be settled for when a great shot could be had. He wrestled with a dog and was bitten in the cheek at the age of 3.“The way we play over there, it’s everybody touching the ball, and you try to be unselfish, be a good teammate, play for your teammates, try to get everybody to have fun,” Diaw said of playing in France. When they were boys, they’d talk about their future in the NBA, the unlikely duo from France, playing against the best, in the style they wanted to play. But Diaw’s dream was dashed in Atlanta, where Woodson employed heavy isolation sets and the ball stagnated. He tumbled down a set of stairs the next year and was left with a scar between his eyebrows.(Photo by Foc Kan/Wire Image) " data-medium-file="https://espngrantland.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/tony-parker-boris-diaw-club.jpg? “We was in the room together until three o’clock in the morning watching games and just wishing one day we’d be in that situation to be in the NBA,” Turiaf said. “All three of us in the back of the classroom, and yeah, we were helping each other.w=300" data-large-file="https://espngrantland.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/tony-parker-boris-diaw-club.jpg? w=1024" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-138640" src=" w=1024&h=678" alt="Eve Concert Party" width="1024" height="678" srcset=" We were helping each other, on the court in class,” Diaw said. gave his son the option to continue his basketball education in America, but Parker had decided he was comfortable in France, playing against older players.Diaw, 22, had just completed his second season and taken a major step back in the estimation of the organization.
“When he first came, they always talked about, ‘Oh, that’s the son of the mom …
“I used to throw alley-oops all the time to him; he was super-athletic,” Parker said.
SAINT TROPEZ, FRANCE – AUGUST 01: (L-R) Boris Diaw, DJ Cutkiller, Tony Parker, Jean Roch Pedri and Ronny Thuriaf attend the Eve Concert Party at VIP Room on August 23, 2011 in Saint Tropez, France. w=768&h=509 768w, sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" / Ronny Turiaf, another future NBA player, joined the duo at the institute at the same time. They studied in the morning and afternoons, ate lunch, and went through two-a-day practices before dinner.
“I never meet a player like him, and I am coaching and teaching since I am 25, 26,” Lucien Legrand, the institute’s basketball director, told the in 2003. His first year, I pick him for a team to play in the European championships for our Cadets. of Europe.’ I was surprised, what’s in the mouth of this little guy, but not, you know, arrogant.
I say to Tony, ‘I am happy for you.’ He says, ‘Lucien, for me, this is not a finish. I want the team to win the championships and I want to be the M. He says and after, he makes.” A gangly Boris Diaw soon joined Parker at the institute.