After nearly a decade away, French champion LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne became the first Turkish Airlines EuroLeague team to start training camp on Tuesday, when it gathered the large part of the team for the first practice of the 2019-20 season! All of the players on ASVEL's roster were present except for teenage guard Theo Maledon, who is preparing with the French national team for the upcoming World Cup, and David Lighty, who was busy winning The Basketball Tournament in Chicago.
The only person missing was head coach Zvezdan Mitrovic, who is also in World Cup mode as head coach of the Montenegrin national team. However, he and his ASVEL players will be reunited immediately, as the team is flying to Montenegro for a week-long stay today and will meet up there with Mitrovic and the rest of his staff. ASVEL's first preseason friendly game is scheduled for August 24 against French second division team Saint-Chamond.