Parker, Wembanyama, the Blues, “pots in Turkey”… The confidences of Alain Weisz

INTERVIEW – Former coach and selector of the French team, Alain Weisz wrote a book, “My coaching secrets”, punctuated with anecdotes which he developed for Le Figaro.

He took up the pen with “transmission problem“. Alain Weisz, 70, left basketball behind him after 35 years as a coach, and a successful end as sports director at Boulogne-Levallois (2018-2023). In a book entitled “My coaching secrets” (Solar editions), he wanted to address above all French coaches “who doubt themselves a lot».

Having worked at Sceaux, Le Mans, Strasbourg, Hyères-Toulon and Nancy, and above all coach of the French men’s team (2000-2003), Weisz describes the tricks of the coaching profession. How to manage a locker room, the mental aspect, the emotions, the behind the scenes that the general public doesn’t see… He talks about basketball, a little football, cognitive biases, quotes José Mourinho as well as Oscar Wilde or Jean Jaurès. The native of Marseille, who now lives in Var, also tells, among other things, how he miraculously recruited Victor Wembanyama, without even believing it. For Le Figarohe returns to some tasty anecdotes…

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