Hello Europe! This is John Linehan, point guard for SLUC Nancy. And it's my pleasure to write this blog for the Turkish Airlines Euroleague website. I will be talking to you over the course of the season about my thoughts of playing in Europe's best club competition and basketball in general. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I like writing it and playing in the Euroleague for the first time in my career.
I've lived and played in Europe since 2004 and could have played in the Euroleague last season with 2010 French champions Cholet, but I chose to come to Nancy and we won the French title this past season. So now, I am finally in the Euroleague. You always hear about the Euroleague and how competitive it is, and everything you hear about it is true! It's a very high level. Every team is very good. In our first game against Cantu - a very good team - we kind of messed up at the end. But it was a great experience, a great atmosphere.
I played in the ULEB Cup/Eurocup two seasons and the EuroChallenge as well, but it really doesn't compare. Just the atmosphere of every game in the Euroleague is unbelievable. Every game is so important, so everybody is giving their all. It doesn't even matter about stats. Everybody just wants to win. You are going against guys who have played at the highest level in Europe. It's great to be out there.
There is a big buzz here in France about basketball on the heels of France taking silver at the 2011 EuroBasket and the signings in France of players like Nicolas Batum, here in Nancy with me, Tony Parker with ASVEL, Boris Diaw at Bordeaux, Ian Mahinmi at Le Havre and maybe Ronny Turiaf with ASVEL. For sure, basketball in France at its...
JOHN LINEHAN - NANCY, FRANCE
November 1, 2011