Basketball / Coupe de France: Fred Vothoks, his memories of the final she won in 2007

In 2007, in what context did the team approach this final?

“In the Euroleague we were doing very well, we qualified in the top 16 in a good way. On the other hand, we felt uncomfortable in the French championship which made it difficult for us to continue. At the same time, we are doing this course in the Coupe de France which was not a goal In the beginning.For Pierre Celante, you had to be a hero…

In 2007, in what context did the team approach this final?

“In the Euroleague we were doing very well, we qualified in the top 16 in a good way. On the other hand, we felt uncomfortable in the French championship which made it difficult for us to continue. At the same time, we are doing this course in the Coupe de France which was not a goal In the beginning. For Pierre Celant, it was necessary to be the champion of France and to do a good tournament in the Euroleague, the trophy was for the players.”

Season, last season, you start from the end of the seat…

“At the beginning of the year, Gordon Herbert told me that we had to prepare the next generation, that I would be the third leader behind Aaron Miles and Zane Dalmeida, and that I would only play if there were injuries. ‘Okay, no problem,’ I replied. “I was finally able to scratch the minutes, like every season, and in the spring I spent fifteen minutes in every game. The end of my career was already successful, I was happy. And in the final, I am in the big five.

One last career match, in Percy, in the final, an American script!

Exactly! It was unimaginable. That came after a disappointment from the last game at the Palace, in the regular season. Percy, this is my last game at 18 years old.And Finally, my family was awake, I saw a lot of number 4 shirts in the stands, the signs were my name. It was so warm to my heart but I knew not to miss it. Above all, I didn’t want to miss that match, not as an individual, which was secondary, just to win, with 14And booty. I wanted it to be the happy outcome of a career in which we gained a lot with Ilan. No matter how well I did, I didn’t want to end losing. I felt this pressure all week. I’ve talked about it to my entourage, and it still takes me bravely. In the end, we won, it’s mine, and I’m 100% doing my shooting! »

The post-final press conference, where I was alongside Gordon Herbert, still had a cult moment with the coach’s verbal attack on Pierre Celante that no one expected.

When he leaves the microphone in front of all the reporters, you can kiss my fucking ass! “(Editor’s note: addressed to Pierre Celant with whom relations were strained, especially due to poor results in the tournament), Here I am, still mixed with champagne, on my little cloud, I can’t believe it, no, I didn’t expect it! But not until this moment! And the Prissy who asks me, “What did he say?”

Do you often think about returning to this final?

“At least once a year, every time I go to Nanterre. I see this picture of Percy standing from the 2007 final with the scoreboard at the end of the third quarter. We lead by one point! With every team I go with to Nanterre, I say every time:” This is the last match of my career. »

What memories do you have of the post-title party?

“Honestly, I don’t have anything!” For me, it was the end of Elan as I experienced it, without Gadou, Foirest, and Pietrus, leaving no one in quotes. My friends Xane (from Almeida), and Terry (Robert), were young but I had no “southwest” affinity. Without denigrating the life of the group, because it is always with great pleasure to meet the players of this team, it was at last perhaps the most selfish title of my career. »

What are the differences between a Percy-type dry final and a disputed final on a string?

“In a dry match, you have no room for error. I tried to put myself in the opponent’s shoes, to imagine how the opponent would react to better anticipate and understand the psychological aspect. For example, the story between Ilan and Strasbourg is not the same. Well, Ilan did not reach the final A long time ago, but a club used to winning finals, while Strasbourg used to lose. We, when we got to the final, the hardest part was over.”

As for Elan 2022, on the other hand, we have the impression that the hardest part awaits him?

“If they’re in the final, it’s because they haven’t stolen anything from anyone, this place in Percy, apart from the positive draws from the previous rounds, they went to win it, and they deserved it. Of course, they got to Percy with three defeats and that’s a bit devastating, But they should ignore all that.”

The people of Strasbourg, still on their way to success against the leader of Boulogne Levallois, can they imagine an easy final vision of Ilan arriving with his three defeats in a row and an internal climate that does not offer all guarantees?

“Obviously they can be a little self-confident. In the end, you have to be a little afraid. If you’re not a little afraid, you’ll almost lose the final. Fear is respect for the opponent, knowing that nothing is certain. But above all, Don’t be afraid to go out on the field! You have to feel immune. I repeat, Palois must forget the three defeats, and finally remember the quarter and a half in Trélazé. The important thing is to manage the moment, the pressure. You have to send positive vibes.”

At 2 p.m., it was the Bourges women’s final against Basket Lands, with a certain Marine Vothox in their ranks…

“15 years ago, it was Dad who won! It’s the wink of history, I’ll be just behind Basketlands, like all the fans who have boarded TGV from Dax and from Pau. My parents will be on the train to support it. There is real enthusiasm from the Southwest for these finals, it’s Great. Me, I’ll follow him in front of the TV from Villeurbanne because we are training on the same day.”

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