According to FIBA website, Joakim Noah has arrived at France’s EuroBasket training camp to give a boost to the Les Bleus frontcourt.
He was welcomed there by his teammates, who hope he can have a major impact in Lithuania.
“He is a big, big player in the NBA,” said Nicolas Batum. “He could do something big for us, and be an extraordinary player.”
However, coach Vincent Collet cautioned against putting too many expectations on Noah’s shoulders.
The 26-year-old has not previously played for his country at a major tournament, and Collet recognizes he will need time to get back into his groove.
“He is hungry but he does not have the experience of other players in the group,” he said. “We should not put too much pressure on him.”
The arrival of Noah at the French national team’s training camp was expected.
But it was welcome news for Noah to join the team early so that they fully integrate their key players into the rotation which already includes NBA players like Batum, San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker, Spurs draftee Nando De Colo, Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf, Rodrigue Beaubois, former Spur Ian Mahimni and Kevin Seraphin.