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ITW TYREN JOHNSON / ANTHONY HILLIARD, FRÈRES ENNEMIS

Depuis la saison 2010-2011 où ils ont défendu ensemble les couleurs de l'Okapi Aalstar en Belgique, ils sont devenus très amis.

Pourtant, à partir de demain, Tyren Johnson et Anthony Hilliard vont devoir mettre de côté leur amitié. Après avoir disputé (et perdu) la finale d'Ethias League en 2011 contre le Spirou Charleroi de Joseph Gomis, les deux Américains vont cette fois se retrouver adversaires. Cette finale de Pro B entre Châlons-Reims et Antibes aura donc un goût particulier pour eux. Nous les avons réunis pour une interview croisée avant ce grand rendez-vous.

Vous avez joué une finale de championnat ensemble en Belgique il y a deux ans. Maintenant, vous allez être adversaires en France. Comment vous appréhendez cela ?

Tyren Johnson : Je n'ai pas de problème avec ça. Je suis excité car c'est ma deuxième saison en Europe et c'est la deuxième fois que je suis qualifié pour une finale. Je suis aussi très heureux pour Ant parce que je sais à quel point il aime ce jeu et à quel niveau d'intensité il joue. Si Châlons-Reims n'était pas en finale, je l'aurais vraiment soutenu, lui ou Ronnie Taylor. Ces gars-là aiment le basket.

Anthony Hilliard : C'est cool parce que l'un de nous aura le droit de se la péter quand ce sera fini.

How was your first season in France ? Are you satisfied ?

TJ : First season in France was great.  To make it to the finals is a goal that I had set at the beginning of the year.  This club is an ambitous club, and they only take 100% effort.  I needed that to be humble again and give 100% every time on the court because my coach excepted nothing less.  At times I thought I was going to lose my mind playing hear but than I realize mid-season that I had made so much progress.  So I’m very happy with my first season.  Im never satisfied because I’m the type of player that thinks I can do more.  I shot only 60% from the free throw line which is terrible the worst year i ever had at the free throw line.  I had set a goal in points I wanted to average per game this year and if I would have shot a better free throw percentage I probably would have reached it.  So i still feel like i have alot of work to do.

AH : It’s been pretty good..personally I think I had a good season but I won’t be satisfied until we win it all.

How different is it from Belgium where you played together ?

TJ : Its different in Belgium the game is a little bit more physical whereas in france this game is faster.  The fans in Belgium makes a difference too almost every game is sold out with it being such a small country.

AH : Well our team in Belgium was a stacked team of many high caliber players so its hard to compare them.

Would you like to stay in France ?

TJ : I have no problem staying in France.  As long as its a situation that can help me reach my ultimate goal in playing in the Euroleague or NBA, I would play in any country.  France is cool tho its very easy to adapt too.

AH : Yea I would but I will look at all my options and see what’s the best move for me.

What is your prediction for the Finals ?

TJ  : Sorry man I don’t make predictions thats bad luck

AH : I predict its gonna be a great finals

And do you have a message for Anthony / Tyren before the Finals ?

TJ : I would tell Ant « I love you like a brother, but business is business after we can laugh about it in my luxurious  condo in Houston » lol he’ll understand when I say luxurious condo in houston kind of inside joke lol.

AH : Holla at you after the finals bruh.

Posté par Alexandre Lacoste

29 mai 2013 à 12:45
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