Elie Okobo: « I want to make sure I don’t go back to the NBA like a rookie » | NBA

Top scorer in the Euroleague with nearly 20 points per game, and three points on average more than his runner-up, Elie Okobo does not regret for a second having returned to Europe. Recovered from his physical glitches, he found the pleasure of playing under the colors of Asvel, and for him, it is a possible springboard for a return to the NBA. The most important thing for him was to play and be healthy.

 » First of all, the last time I played in the US I was in the G League bubble. And I didn’t like the experience. Not because of the team I was playing with, or the staff ” specifies the Frenchman, questioned by Hoopshype. “I was playing with pain on an already weakened ankle. It was quite frustrating. I decided to have an operation at the beginning of the summer, and I spent all my time in rehabilitation ”.

The NBA season ended in July, and with a one-month lag, he had considered playing in the summer league.

“I thought I should come back in August with the Summer League to try and find a team there. But I wanted to be 100%, and I wasn’t going to be able to be by playing the Summer League. At that point Tony Parker called me and asked me what I wanted to do for the next season. He was interested in bringing me in, and it helped me bounce back from my injury and the operation I had.. « 

 » Come back with the status of a very good EuroLeague player »

The prospect of playing the Euroleague with a major role has taken hold, and his performances are impressive. The former Pau is a pure striker, and his left paw and his aggressiveness do damage at the highest level. What to catch the eye of the NBA scouts since he will be free next July?

 » I haven’t really set any return goals, a deadline or whatever. I want to improve, be ready, and I want to make sure I don’t go back to the NBA like a rookie. I want to establish a certain standard, and come back with the status of a very good EuroLeague player. I obviously want to have a long career in the NBA, but for now I’m focusing on the team and on myself. « 

Even though he’s focused on himself and the Asvel, he keeps an eye on the NBA, and he gives away his season winners: Stephen Curry as MVP, and a double from the Bucks.

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