“I’m an NBA player!”

Drafted interior Justin Patton (after just one college year) by the Bulls in 2017 (16th) from Israel (Hapoel Eilat) wants to make the most of his experience at Cholet to gain even more exposure for himself than he only played 22 NBA games. games between 2017 and 2021 with Minnesota, Philadelphia, Oklahoma and Houston. Interview for Le Quotidien Du Sport and France Basket

Why did you decide to sign for Cholet?

It seemed like the perfect opportunity. He had been able to speak with the coach (Laurent Vila). In particular, we had studied how he could get into the system.

How can this Cholet team help you progress?

I can still do better in all areas. Each season, you need to expand your palette and bring something new to your game. This season, I want to focus especially on the defensive aspect. I want to be more present in defense and in the rebound. Be more creative too.

“Betclic is a great championship”

Why do many very good American players come to play Betclic Elite?

The style of play suits them very well. The Betclic Elite is a great championship. The level is very high. There is a lot of talent. We come here to challenge ourselves. You earn respect if you play well at Betclic.

What impact can this experience at Cholet have on your career?

The coach brings out the best in his players. I was very attracted to it. I appreciate the way he analyzes the game and his basketball IQ. If I work hard and do what is asked, I will be in a better position at the end of the season.

So your plan is not to stay another year in Cholet…

It is difficult to answer. I’m still young (25 years old). This is only my second experience abroad after Israel last season (Hapoel Eilat, editor’s note). My goal is always to stay two or three years at least somewhere. But the team you’re on should also help you with that. At the moment, then, it is as if he is on trial (sic).

Do you still intend to dominate the NBA?

This is a discussion I recently shared with my friend Kim Tillie. Of course, I would like to have a good career in the NBA. What I also know above all is that I have to work hard every day. I’m an NBA player. If I work well, I will play and not be on the bench. The future will tell me where I will be. The Euroleague can also be a very good option for me. I will be where I need to be. I know the player I am.

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