Winner of the Leaders Cup with ASVEL on Sunday evening, Nando De Colo, elected MVP of the competition, appreciates all the more to have won this first trophy since his return to France (his 19th in his career) than to his eyes, no one saw the Villeurbannais winning.
Seven months. Nando De Colo (35) didn’t have to wait long to lift another trophy. His 19th career but the first for the Northerner since his return to France, at ASVEL last summer. A title which immediately reminded the international leader of the one he had won fifteen years earlier with Cholet. The current Leaders Cup was then called the Week of the Aces.
“I feel a bit the same with ASVEL. The only difference is that at the time, I left with a medal, “said De Colo, interviewed by L’Equipe, just after being elected MVP of the event, a reward that he was able to celebrate alongside his three daughters, who rushed to the Saint-Chamond court to congratulate their champion father. The double Euroleague winner, top scorer for ASVEL (20 points) while he was ill a few hours before the start of a final which saw the triple champions of France crush Bourg-en-Bresse , was all the more delighted to have added a new line to his impressive track record as he had the feeling of having silenced all the detractors of ASVEL, far from thinking that Tony Parker’s proteges would climb on the highest step of the podium in the Loire.
De Colo: “Get as many titles as possible”
— Nando DeColo (@NandoDeColo) February 20, 2023
“Not many people saw us going to the end,” said De Colo, without hiding that the presence at the head of the club of an extreme competitor like the quadruple NBA champion helps to reach heights, even in adversity. “I see myself arriving in the corridor of the Astroballe where Tony’s words are displayed: “winning titles is what motivates me”. It’s in my mentality. If, at each training, I am there an hour and a half in advance, it is to get as many titles as possible. On this Leaders Cup, “NDC” shot 17.7 points and 4.3 assists. You said master.