Good day, it’s time for episode 3, introducing the technical staff. I am assisted at courtside by 3 coaches: First one is Pascal Donnadieu, who’s Nanterre’s head coach, the second one is Ruddy Nelhomme, Poitiers’ head coach, and the third one is Laurent Foirest, head coach of Quimper Our video assistant is Bryan George, and our athletic trainer is Franck Kuhn. Pass to Evan in pick and roll. We place ourselves at Vincent’s disposal to give him the information he needs in the fields of competence preliminarily defined with him. Responsibilities are shared, we constantly discuss, it’s a role of accompaniment, of critical perspective, of providing different viewpoints and orientations. On the court we often work in small groups, and at times individually. We need to find osmosis and it’s a little like a puzzle, in which things are set up so that each one makes a different contribution, and that this contributions are complementary. It’s a luxury, we can get more done with several pairs of eyes. It also allows us to apply additional pressure during training sessions. What matters is what we will do together. And in order to do it together, it is imperative that now, as of now, each player bear in mind, that whoever is at my side, he is more important than me. Each player must ask, he who is at my side, what is the quality I would like to possess that he possesses but not me, or at least that I possess less than him? And what can I do to make that quality bear fruit? This is work that gets done over time. Vincent is here since 2009, I believe, that makes 10 years. Vincent and Ruddy have been here for a while, but it’s true that Pascal Donnadieu and Laurent Foirest came later. It made sense to add Laurent because he knows how things are made to happen. He’s known competitions from the inside (as a player), and can relay information. and can relay information. It’s cool that each of us can have coaches helping him to progress. What matters most, as in any team, is that each of us knows exactly what he has to do and that with his role, he helps the team to move forward. Franck is important in the physical development and maintenance of the players, in anything having to do with muscle building and aerobics. On my laptop I organize the session, and once it’s done I send contents by Whatsapp, and the player views it on his smartphone. After that, I’m in the room to help him prepare, to organize the different workshops, to correct him in his exercise performance. In that case you’re no longer at the starting point, it’s the other way around. It’s practical, today everyone knows what he has to do. There are timer apps, all you need to do is concentrate on the exercise. There’s a lot of work of activation, of preparation for the matches, of recovery. Recovery is not my job alone, it’s organized in collaboration with the medical staff. And then there’s the work of individual routine, but managed in terms of quantity so as to avoid negatively impacting their game-day effectiveness. In any event, we keep on working. They manage themselves, and then we get feedback, enabling us to adapt the sessions from one day to the next. It’s Brian who’s in charge of scouting, he reports to us on the matches and match sequences. I codify the different actions not only so as to analyze our offense and defense, but also so as to provide highly accurate statistical information on the way the team is playing. After that we come together and observe the systems and how they’ve been defending; bearing these data in mind, we adapt. There are five “blanks” and we go back to midcourt without applying pressure, that’s what Pascal said. I want this to be a principle of ours. You see, it still starts too late and Labeyrie is 3 meters away, that’s out of the question. 3 meters cannot exist. 1 meter 50, OK. I find the way he’s helping out is suicidal. He’s showing off his intentions to the other player. Here he passes to Thomas, he returns to midcourt, but he doesn’t know who he will be defending against. And he defends to protect everyone. We’ve got to be like the other foreign teams, we’ve got to be together. Before showing players what we’re doing, we establish strategies, and then try to select the most relevant sequences for a short video session in which we provide the players with highly concrete information not only on the team and the collective, but also on our opponents. When it defends, the team of France is stronger. Here, there is no reason not to defend… What matters is the importance you assign to defending or not. Defense does not mean a series of exploits, it’s a question of consistency. I can understand Louis to be a little afraid of speed, he’s a small power forward. 1.50, not 3 meters… Feinting to interrupt the action and proceeding apace. But in Europe there’s a 3-point shot right after hand-to-hand contact, and that allows Evan to be on the 3-point line with the opponent drawn out. Very quickly, in ten days, the team will have taken on its definitive form. There are many players here who know they have been selected but are not involved in the selection process. I have already said and will once again repeat that you have nothing to prove, other than what we will prove together. What you will prove individually has no value, or for you alone, and it will have no value for the team. If we are to awe the world, we will do it together. We’re in the Astroballe, the team of France is facing Montenegro. What’s very important is that the players are capable of playing together while accepting the fact that they will never be quite as precise as might be the case with their clubs. With a “flare screen”, you can draw your defender out. You make him come to you, you’ve feinted. If you do that all the time you will have an excellent competition. I know that in one-on-one, you’re capable, and yet your strength is to some extent our weakness. I mean you can feel you’re above it all. But it’s not 1-on-1. You must respect the other key aspects of the game. And once that happens… You must be patient, I’m patient, we still have 15 days to go. What matters to us today is how this group, in which we believe, we will be capable of becoming the best team possible, and that calls for work based on several criteria other than the status of this or that player, or what he has previously accomplished. What matters is what we will be able to accomplish over the weeks to come.