Gabby Williams praises Marine Johannès and calls for better treatment from the French Basketball Federation

Gabby Williams praises Marine Johannès and calls for better treatment from the French Basketball Federation

By Joël Pütz | Sports journalist

Between Marine Johannès and the French team, things have become a little complicated in recent months and the controversy surrounding Eurobasket 2023. As for her compatriots, however, we have a strong opinion on the ASVEL virtuoso and Liberty. Gabby Williams didn’t mince words about herself during an interview with the Team.

Although she obviously does not play in the NBA, Marine Johannès is not far from having the same match rhythm as her male counterparts. The French leader wasted no time after the end of her campaign with the New York Liberty and almost immediately put her boots back on in France, with ASVEL. All with a certain success, she who was again clutch against Villeneuve d’Ascq:

Gabby Williams raves about Marine Johannès

Still as dynamic as ever, the one who has just played in the WNBA Finals gives everything on the pitch for the Lyonnaises. A way for her to put her troubles with the French team out of her head… Indeed, their relations have been quite tense since the FFBB’s ultimatum for the player before the Euro last summer, MJ23 not participating not at the tournament because he was unable to reach an agreement in time with his franchise.

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Since then, the tricolor nugget has suffered shameful comments from Céline Dumerc in particular, provoking the ire of fans. At least she can count on the support of other members of the EDF, including Gabby Williams who plays with her in Villeurbanne. Having attracted attention a few weeks ago with a viral message of support for her, the Franco-American returned to the subject with the daily the Team :

This was on the heels of WNBA Finals losses to New York. No connection with the Blues or the Federation. I admired her before I even met her. When I first saw her, I said to myself, “There is no other girl like her in the world.” I repeat it often, I have the impression that we do not realize enough of everything she brings to French basketball, as well as the level of exposure she faces.

Coming back to the post, I was just disappointed for her. It’s no secret that we are very close. So I saw what people don’t see behind the scenes, the self-sacrifice she showed during these difficult months. You saw her emotion after the women’s league title, right? But I could have written this message for any of my teammates.

Gabby Williams says it clearly, Marine Johannès is a unique player and that is immediately noticeable. Suffice to say that rather than giving her ultimatums as the FFBB has done in recent months, it would be better to do everything to put her in good stead, especially since she always wants to give everything for her selection.


2023-12-02 14:40:00
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