French NBA Star Nicolas Batum on Tragedy in Paris: ‘We’ll Stay Strong’

November 13th, 2015 by Sean Highkin Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — A professional basketball game was played at the United Center on Friday night between the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets. The Bulls won, 102-97. Hornets forward Nicolas Batum had his best game of the season, scoring 28 points along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals while shooting 5-of-6 from the three-point line.

But on this particular night, those details could not have been less important.

Batum heard the explosion on television while watching a friendly soccer match between Germany and his native France. His sister lives close by the stadium in Paris, so he immediately texted her to make sure she was OK. She was.

Over the next few hours, things got worse. More attacks, reports of hostages and a death toll in the triple digits.

“Until the last minute before I got to the game I was on my phone,” Batum said in the Hornets’ locker room after the game. “My sister lives close by where one of the attacks happened. I have family over there, I have friends over there, and the first thing I did after I came back in the locker room [after the game] was che ...

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