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Ziller: Team France EuroBasket Preview

Tom Ziller of SBNation.com has a preview of team France as they get ready to begin EuroBasket play this week. ---------------------------- France was a disaster in Turkey last summer, but played without Tony Parker, Joakim Noah and Rodrigue Beaubois. Parker and Noah are back, and obviously an NBA Finals MVP in his prime and a would-be NBA All-Star center make all the world of difference. Noah's probably the best center in the tournament, though Marc Gasol of Spain could get the edge due to far more international/FIBA experience. Likewise, it'd be difficult to pick any EuroBasket point guard over Parker. At other positions, France has Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and ... well, Mickael Gelabale. But still! That's a lot of top-level talent. But France has struggled to get over the hump, even in Euro competition, since a surprising silver in the 2000 Sydney Games. Parker's France has missed two consecutive Olympiads, and making it to London is a huge priority. Getting to the EuroBasket championship game will do the trick, and finishing on top of Group B will help the draw going forward. Keep an eye on that France-Serbia game if there's something to play for, as it will be the best early test of France's mettle. ---------------------------- Over the weekend, we linked up Jay Aych's preview at The Painted Area. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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