We had left Tony Parker almost in low profile mode on Saturday evening, despite Asvel’s third rank crown in Betclic Elite against AS Monaco. Namely in the shoes of a president resigned to losing his two best backs, Elie Okobo and Chris Jones, even his nugget Victor Wembanyama (18 years old) inside (it’s official since this Thursday). And bim, five days later, here is that “TP” counter-attacks by announcing the recruitment of Nando De Colo that nobody had seen coming for the next two seasons. Sure value of the French team for ages (185 selections, including the coronation at Euro 2013 and silver at the Tokyo Olympics), the 35-year-old fullback has also been a key player in the Euroleague for eight years, whether at CSKA Moscow (2014-2019), where he won the 2016 and 2019 editions, with the bonus track being crowned MVP of the regular season and the Final Four in 2016. Then at Fenerbahçe, where he continued his harvest of trophies with the Turkish Cup in 2020 and the Turkish championship this season. A new major partner for the club that changes everything? Nando De Colo will present extremely valuable experience, with more than 3,000 points scored in the Euroleague (15.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists from average in nine contested editions), within a workforce to be almost entirely rebuilt. What obviously make Tony Parker jubilant this Thursday evening on his Twitter account: “We are entering a new era. In 2013, we won together the first title of European champions in the history of the French team. In 2023, I hope we can win the first Euroleague title in history with Asvel”.❗️ Recruitment 2022-2023LDLC ASVEL is pleased to announce the signing of @NandoDeColo for the next 2 seasons. 👉 https://t.co/j4HOqNCzJo#LDLCASVEL pic.twitter.com/JemWBl3gRg— LDLC ASVEL (@LDLCASVEL) June 30, 2022
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This lays the foundation for the ambitions displayed by the Villeurbannais president, when we know that his club concluded its European season in 14th place out of 15 (8 wins and 20 losses). “I would also like to thank the future major partner of the club [la marque de boisson Smart Good Things, comme l’ASSE] which allows us to have a highly competitive team, ”continues the former Spurs point guard. After this announcement, we can’t wait to discover the rest of this high-end recruitment.