Today, we continue Olympic Madness with a preview of France!
Okay, so, in case I haven't said it already, this team is REALLY athletic. When a writer classifies a team as such, it usually means that the team is run and gun, and likes to push it up the floor constantly. While France does run the break and get easy dunks, they also have a fantastic half-court offense, and their athleticism really comes to light in such a situation. In the first dunk shown above, he blows right past Andrei Kirilenko, one of the best defenders in the world, for an easy dunk. In another, he easily catches the defense napping for another easy dunk. What athleticism Team USA shows with aggression, this team can show with finesse.
Also, if you want to see something funny, here's a video of Ali Traore losing his shorts. And French fashion designers calling in Nicholas Batum and Steve Nash so they can overthink some soccer jerseys.
There's no highly-stylized highlights of France on YouTube, but this standard highlight reel does a good job of dramatizing a close game. The narrowest win France got in the Eurobasket was against Lithuania, and the way in which they won it late shows their guile when facing a solid home court team. It also shows France's ability to come back from behind, as they were down 6 in the third quarter but managed to be on top for the majority of the fourth.