Finalist of the NBA 2022/23 season with the Heat against the Nuggets, Gabe Vincent will still be in a position to go for the title next season, having joined the Lakers from LeBron James this summer.
A goal that is dear to him… but not as much as a potential gold medal with the Nigeria.
” I hope at least once in my career I can lift that Larry O’Brien trophy. But I also know how immense the symbolism would be for the more than 400 million inhabitants of Nigeria, not to mention the billion inhabitants of Africa. », explains Gabe Vincent, in JJ Redick’s podcast. ” It’s hard not to think about it, about that gold medal. Especially since Africa has historically had little success in basketball. »
But for the “D-Tigers” to be in a position to aim for any gold medal, they still have to be qualified for a tournament… Absent from the World Cup this summer, Nigeria is not yet qualified for the next Olympic Games in Paris: this will require winning a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament, held from August 12 to 20 at home in Lagos. In order to play the Olympic qualifying tournament next summer.
It is therefore not won for Nigeria, but that does not prevent Gabe Vincent, whose presence at the pre-TQO next month is not yet certain, from dreaming big for his father’s country of origin.
” Not only would it be rewarding, but I think in terms of legacy, it would be something bigger, something that stays in history longer “Concludes the new Laker. ” So I’m going to have to go for the gold medal with Nigeria, I think that would just be something epic. »
How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.