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The challenges of coming out of retirement to compete in the Coupe des Landes

The serious things begin. Coming out of retirement to compete together in the Coupe des Landes, a childhood dream, Boris Diaw (41 years old) and his friends from Biscarrosse Olympique Basket were not spared by the draw for the round of 16 on Thursday: the weekend At the end of January 20 and 21, they will face Réal Chalossais (Nationale 3) on neutral ground, neither more nor less than the title holder.

In accordance with the rules of the Coupe des Landes, the Diaw squad, which plays in Departmental 3, will start with 42 points in advance, 7 per division difference. A definite advantage but not a guarantee. Because the “old hands”, as the former captain of the France team (247 caps) says, still lack certainties, benchmarks and training.

“We haven’t yet been against a team that completely prevents you from playing”

Diaw before the second round match of the Coupe des Landes against Haut-Mauco (103-68)

“Our major asset is experience. Our main problem is physical, confided Diaw before the second round match against Haut-Mauco (Regional 2, 103-68) on November 26. Against teams who don’t have this athletic dimension, this defensive pressure, we will dominate. And the next step will be to play against teams where we cannot advance at all. Or we won’t be able to pass the ball. Because they are going to be so strong, they are going to do double holds, play all the counterattacks, we are going to be strong in terms of cardio… and we haven’t experienced that yet. We haven’t yet been against a team that completely prevents you from playing. And it can go very quickly. If you can’t get past the middle of the field, the advantage is reduced very quickly. This is what “scares” us. »

The former NBA champion and his teammates have a month and a half to prepare, and “we should be able to train a little more,” Diaw agreed two weeks ago. “We also have an idea of ​​what these teams (from N2 and N3) can do against us. It’s almost a game of chess. The idea is to anticipate. »

2023-12-08 10:47:55
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