Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 3/19/13
Portland Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum is one of the many French players who have made an impact on the NBA. He along with San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Nando De Colo and Chicago's Joakim Noah, are paving the way for future French players and making their mark on the league. With many French players currently in the NBA, and on the Spurs, Batum says there tends to be some smack talk in French whenever his fellow countrymen clash on the court.   After the Spurs and Blazers played on March 8 in San Antonio, I caught up with Batum and got his thoughts playing against "Team France" aka the Spurs, talking trash in French, the progress of rookie Nando De Colo, and more including who his favorite French player was when he was growing up.   Project Spurs: How do you like playing against Team France also known as the Spurs?   Batum: (Laughs) I love to play against them.    Is there a lot of trash talking in French?   (Smiles) A little bit but not that much.   So what so you think about Tony (Parker), Boris (Diaw) and Nando (De Colo) all playing with one another?   When we were back on the (French) national team, when I saw De Colo play (versus Spurs), I know all the plays because they run them on the national team. So I know all the plays! (laughs)   What are your thoughts on Nando's rookie season?   He's going to be good. I like Nando. I've played against him for more than 10 years since he was a young guy.    Of course Boris has been around the game for a long time.   Yeah when he played in France, he was my favorite player.   Before he went down with an injury, did you think Tony had a shot at winning the NBA MVP?   No. LeBron (James) is just ridiculous. We all now what's he's done. Last year he was the best player on the best team and again this year. So we give him a lot of consideration.   What do you think about the Spurs this year?   They're a great, great team. They can compete for the championship.    So for so long there have been rumors about you coming to the Spurs. We're you ever close to coming to San Antonio?   Let me tell you a little story.  During the (2005) NBA Draft they (Spurs) were trying to get me and I got picked before them. So when I got into the draft, they told me they were going to pick me so I was ready to go there.   Well who knows., maybe one day this team will be all French with you on the team.   It's possible, yeah!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pierre-Paul won't need to wear club on hand this season

Report: Four cities remain in contention to host 2017 NBA ASG

Doc Rivers: Clippers have plan to let Paul Pierce retire as a Celtic

Another young 49er, Kaleb Ramsey, retires from NFL

Saints GM: Drew Brees’ contract situation is not a ‘distraction’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Tim Tebow: ‘I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in’

Olympic athletes warned about Rio's 'human crap' waters

T.J. Ward: Broncos defense doesn’t care who’s playing QB

Tokyo already dealing with rising costs for 2020 Olympics

Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd carted off practice field

Report: Bills and Tyrod Taylor continue to talk extension

Diamondbacks nearing Daniel Hudson trade

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

What would George Costanza have traded to get Bonds and Griffey?

Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Week 3 will determine the Big Ten's reputation this season

Cam Talbot thinks the Oilers are close to making the playoffs

The new era of WWE SmackDown has liftoff

Vlade Divac: Cousins ‘most dominant player in the world’

Wild offer to make Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' new goal song

Canucks don't dismiss acquiring player with past issues

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

Six potential landing spots for Nick Foles

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker