The Indiana Pacers’ Kevin Seraphin said he wants to play for his native France this summer at the 2017 FIBA EuroBasket championships.
“Yes, I would like to play for the national team,” Seraphin, who last suited up for France at the 2012 Olympics, told fiba.com. “Les Bleus are very important and it would be nice to wear the national team jersey again. I haven’t spoken to the federation yet but it is something that I am going to do at some point.”
“But right now, I am focused on my NBA season and doing my best for the Indiana Pacers,” he added.
It’s a new beginning for France, which has recently lost stars Tony Parker, Mickael Gelabale and Florent Pietrus to retirement.
But Seraphin thinks the team, which still features the Jazz’s Boris Diaw, will be fine despite the high-profile departures.
“Some people think that as veterans like Tony, Florent and Mike are retired, the team will be less competitive, but I think that they are wrong,” said Seraphin. “We have a lot of talented guys and some very good young guns that are going to help France stay at the highest level. I think the future is bright.”
“France has a huge tradition of basketball, and we always have some young guys that are knocking on the national team door,” added Seraphin. “France’s youth teams are very good. Look at what the Under-18s did in December, winning the European Championship.”
The 6-10, 278-pound forward is averaging 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Pacers this season in 10.3 minutes of action off the bench.
The 17th overall pick by the Bulls in the 2010 NBA Draft, Seraphin has averaged 6 points and 3.5 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with the Wizards, Knicks, and Pacers.
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