Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

France coach Vincent Collet talks about the FIBA OQT

French national team coach Vincent Collet address French media prior to Les Bleus departure from Paris bound for Manila.

France coach Vincent Collet talks about the FIBA OQT
by rick olivares photo by julien guerineau

Before the French National Team flew out of Paris Orly Airport bound for Manila, head coach Vincent Collet in a press conference, explained his line-up and the challenges his team faces.

On the non-inclusion of New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca
He was shocked by what happened and was not as comfortable as I expect all the players are. This is done by making sure that the team most corresponds to the objective that was set. At mobility, facing some teams, including the Philippines, Alexis Ajinça ​​would have been in trouble. On the contrary, against Turkey, the size of Erden Asik or may be a concern. For now our best sequences were performed with Boris Diaw to pivot and Joffrey Lauvergne remains the most profitable player on the post.

On his team not being 100% healthy
Antoine Diot is still injured and we uncertain as to his presence at the first training in Manila. Mickael Gelabale is just back and we kept a place for Nicolas Batum. It is prudence to include Edwin Jackson and this will eventually help us deal with a more serious problem since the group of 12 can be changed until the day before the TQO. Yesterday, I congratulated Edwin front of the players. He immediately agreed to continue with us to help.

On the new additions
Adrien Moerman started very well preparation. Kim Tillie really turned a corner. I had the opportunity to see much with Vitoria and he learned a lot with Velimir Perasović. It's interesting for now and for the future.

On the Philippines
We start this Wednesday. The doctors insisted on having sufficient time to adapt to the time zone. Our determination will make the difference and this point of view I'm pretty happy. We must be efficient and focused during the working sessions. Although we will not be fully ready, it will be not the case of our opponents. Playing the host team is a good thing because we will immediately get into the thick of it. The team that I fear most is still Canada. She is young, evolving with Cory Joseph, Tristan Thomson or Anthony Bennett (editor’s note, Bennett isn’t playing). There is no room for error, you have to win every match.

On these games possibly being Tony Parker’s last in a French shirt
A giant prepares to bow out. And Rio must be its ultimate destination.


  1. sana nakapasok na lang outright tong France sa Olympics. While I desire for the Philippines to make it, parang may kulang sa Olympics pag wala ang France. But Gilas all the way!

  2. national players from squads like Australia, China, France, Iran, Italy,Lithuania, Serbia,Spain and Turkey they been staying together for decades.

    bukod sa size advantage yung kanilang individual talent ay purely nurtured and talagang na develop lang through decades.

    what we are lacking since defunct BAP hanggang Sbp yung consistency sa pagbou ng national pool na magsasama yung mga players ng mas maraming taon mula youth grassroots program hanggang senior years nila.

    sinimulan ng maganda na noon yung NCC and Gilas youth developmental pool tapos ngayon ibabalik ulit dahil kailangan and conflict ang playdate ng PBA dahil sa bagong Fiba qualification format na home and away matches..

    what we always have here ay laging bandaid solutions sa pagbou ng national team.

    if the likes of castro and fajardo avails the Gilas 1 developmental pool nooon mas malaki pa sana ang i gagaling nila ngayon