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Batum is "definite", will play at Worlds

Via Fiba.com, Nic Batum will represent the French National Team at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey this offseason:

“My decision is definite,” [Batum] said at Bercy, where he watched the French Cup Finals over the weekend.

“I will be present in the French squad for the World Championship. To join the national team again was a big desire after we (I) made our (my) debut at the EuroBasket.

The two clear sides of this are that you want young players getting as much experience against top competition as they can, but you also don’t want them getting hurt or wearing themselves out for the season. I’m not worried about Batum getting fatigued so much as I am about his shoulder. But at this point in his career, you don’t want to start thinking about protecting such a young player, and you certainly can’t criticize a guy for wanting to compete as much as possible.

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