If Las Vegas is known to be the city of sin and gambling, it is also the city of rebirth for Isaïa Cordinier. The young back (22, 1.96m) took advantage of the Summer League – a summer competition between NBA franchises held in Vegas from July 5th to 15th – to wind up the wire with the prestigious North American championship.
In the Brooklyn Nets jersey, he reached the semi-finals of the tournament and achieved some pretty good performances, including a 20-point lead against Detroit and the Frenchy prodigy Sekou Doumbouya. "It makes me weird to return to compete this competition two years after my last appearance, smiles the person who has just committed for 3 seasons in favor of Nanterre 92. I was a little tense at first but I released myself on the end. It was cool to find this particular universe and I was able to show what I was capable of, offensively and especially defensively. I only remember the positive of the Summer League. Since my last coming here, I've had a lot of galleys … "
Between Cordinier and the NBA, the story had started well. At just 19, he was selected in 44th position by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2016 Draft. He is the first player of Pro B (he then evolves in Denain) to know this honor. If the Hawks decide then to place it in Antibes (Jeep Elite) so that it continues its development, they keep the rights of the player and the possibility to recruit it any time.
Brooklyn has rights until July 31
But in 2017, knee pain stops her ascent. He began a protocol of care and had patellar tendons on both knees in January 2018. In the meantime, during the summer of 2018, the Hawks transferred the player's rights to the Brooklyn Nets. The Way of the Cross seems endless for the son of Stéphane Cordinier, the former tri-color handballeur bronze medalist at the 1997 World Cup.
But after more than a year without playing, Isaïa found the parquets on October 19 with Antibes. If he can not prevent the relegation of his team in Pro B, he has a good season. Nanterre then recruits and intends to make the native of Créteil one of the executives of the team … But the leaders of Brooklyn, satisfied with its benefits during the Summer League, may undermine the plans nanterriens. They have the rights of the player until July 31 and can recruit him without compensating the club.
"For the moment, I consider myself a Nanterre player, I am preparing to play with them and I am very happy," says Cordinier. Brooklyn wanted to see where I was, what was my evolution since the operation. I arrived in Brooklyn in mid-June, just after the season with Antibes, for training and I intend to cut only one week this summer to continue to progress. I have time to catch up … They were happy but I do not know more. In any case, I will be delighted with what awaits me. My goal is to go to the NBA and I will do anything to reach it sooner or later. "