Nicolas Batum at a youth tournament in Charente, where he visited an old friend who is now a coach there, following a day with the French national media. "A totally unexpected visit that sparked a mini-riot in the gymnasium of St. Yrieix, with improvised autograph signings and photo memories." "But the good guy doesn't have a big head. Fun and friendly, Batum played a game with the kids. "Four years ago, when I was still a Junior (in high school)," says the man who was trained in Le Mans, "it would have also made my dreams when an NBA player had come to visit me. Coming here makes me happy. I was not going to be the guy who hides in a corner with his dark glasses and wants to talk to nobody. It's good to participate in an event like this. It's fresh. It's a nice change for me from the NBA, a totally overrated and hyper-mediatized universe where it's all about sponsors and big money." According to the article he will continue his holidays in Thailand before coming back to Portland (for training or re-evaluation of his shoulder?) and then joining the French national team in preparation for the world championships. Article. Photo credit Romain Perrocheau.