In two months to the day, Paris Basketball will be on the eve of its big move. The club from the capital will cross Paris from south to north. He will say goodbye and thank you without regret to the Halle Carpentier for definitively occupying the new Adidas Arena Porte de la Chapelle. It will be on February 11th. At a time when rumours, unconfirmed, announce that it could absorb its neighbour Boulogne-Levallois in 2024 adrift, the Paris basketball club is preparing to make its revolution.
For it to be complete, the ambitious must be firmly established at the top of the hierarchy of French basketball. Born in 2018, promoted in 2021, narrowly saved a year later and not qualified for the playoffs in 2023, he is on his way.
In the Eurocup, the second division of European cups, Paris dominates its group and seems to have the means to win the trophy. Since the beginning of the season, he has also not left the top three places in the championship with Monaco and Asvel, two Euroleague entities with which David Kahn, the American president of Paris, wants to compete in the short term.
With Monaco, only a week ago, Tuomas Lisalo's team saw that the step is still high. Paris got bitten (84-62). With its budget four times higher, the club from the Rock is still well above it. And in relation to Asvel, where does Paris Basketball stand? That's a good thing. A week after Monaco, the chance of the calendar offered the Parisians a duel with Tony Parker's team on December 10. It was, for the occasion, the last championship match in the hall of the thirteenth arrondissement. Carpentier would only serve a few more Eurocup games before giving up basketball at the end of January.
It is not yet clear what this will look like in the long term, for example in a series of finals that could well arrive in the spring. But over a game, we now know that Paris Basketball is quite capable of competing with one of the top 20 European clubs, a giant like Asvel. Compete and even win.
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"I feel we have potential"
The most successful club in France, without the injured Nando de Colo, fell on the banks of the Seine. Asvel were as many as 15 points behind. With 10 minutes to go, they still had a 9-point handicap (74-63). It was there that the new coach of the house, the Italian Gianmarco Pozzecco, asked his troops to bolt the defence. It then became more complicated for Paris who forced the shots.
"If they came back, it's because they have a very good team, with experienced players in all positions," said Germany's Tuomas Lisalo. A week after Monaco, and just like a few days earlier in Lithuania, we showed a lot of defensive energy. Of course it's an important win for us, especially since we had 3 players injured. The guys are doing an amazing job. This kind of game shows us what we can improve because the season, playing on two fronts, is still very long. Let's not jump to conclusions, even though I feel we have potential. »
The back-and-forth suddenly became suffocating. And then in the last minute, Nadir Hifi set the room on fire with a 3-pointer out of nowhere. "He improves from week to week, he makes the best decisions in the decisive moments but we must not overlook the fact that he is also a very good defender," congratulates his coach.
Asvel, tired by this third game and this third defeat of the week, did not manage to recover to lose (92-86). "They played with energy defensively, well done to them. We didn't have enough energy at the end," explained the Villeurbannais coach, a little angry at the refereeing.
With this victory, Paris overtook its opponent of the evening, qualified for the Leader's Cup and took second place in the standings. At the moment, it's anecdotal. But maybe not for long.