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“In Charlotte, I cried before going to matches”



In the program En aparté on Canal +, Nicolas Batum returned to his difficult period experienced when he was in Charlotte, linked to the death of his father when he was very young and to his own paternity.

It is a moving Nicolas Batum who participated in the show En Aparté on Channel+ this week. If the Los Angeles Clippers player mentioned his legendary counter in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics against Slovenia, Paris 2024 or his love for Michael Jordan, he also returned to the drama of his life, the death of his father in 1991 of a ruptured aneurysm, and its consequences 25 years later, when he in turn became a father. “My father died on a basketball court when I was two and a half. I was in the stands with my mother, I still have memories of that, some flashes. (…) The subject was difficult to broach once I became a father myself, in 2016. During the first year, it was complicated for me. Until my son was 3 years old, I lived through a little hell. Even to go play, it was very hard. When I left for matches, I thought that I was not going to return. I thought the same thing was going to happen to me, that I was going to leave them. Sometimes I told my wife not to come to matches, because I didn’t want to see them in the stands. I was doing a mimicry, and it was very hard for me psychologically. I haven’t necessarily told it everywhere, but until he was 3 years old, it was very, very hard. And it was almost at the same time as my difficult years in Charlotte. I admit, before leaving for certain matches, I was in tears at home, I thought I was not going to return. »

Batum: “I’m happy to be what I missed the most”

Nicolas Batum wore Charlotte’s jersey from October 2015 to November 2020, the end of the adventure with the Hornets proving catastrophic, since he was dismissed by his coach for the entire end of the 2019-20 season (that stopped by the covid), and was finally cut in November. Now in Los Angeles, Nicolas Batum lives on and off the field and enjoys his two children (Nayeli was born in January 2021), notably playing basketball with his eldest. “My son is into basketball, and I’m happy to share that with him. What I always say is that I’m happy to be what I missed the most. Me, when I was playing at home with my little basket, I was all alone, my father was not next to me, to play, to laugh. Will little Ayden follow in his father’s footsteps? See you in a few years…

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