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Congolese basketball player Bismack Biyombo finds ambition in the NBA


Sitting by the court’s Bell Centre Montreal, Bismack Biyombo does not hide his good mood. A few hours before the Raptors last preparation match before the kick off this week of his fifth season in the NBA, the 23 year old Congolese stretches, smiling, eager to start for his new club. The Canadian tour to promote the Toronto franchise in North America, ends in Quebec with a final confrontation – victory – against the Washington Wizards.” It’s a new adventure for me. The club has worked hard this summer, too, and we want to accomplish great things. I will not be content with a qualification play-offs. I have confidence in us and in myself,” he says with a playful tone.

Eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last spring despite a promising fourth place after the regular season, the Raptors have not procrastinated before offering a contract for two years and six million dollars to the former pivot of the Hornets. A specialist of hidden tasks, Biyombo knows his mission: “The club had problems in defense. I will try to cover all the negative points of my teammates and try to help them play well. It is up to me to bring my energy.”

“When he is on the court, he brings many good things, says his coach Dwane Casey. He is an electric battery and he can increase the defensive intensity of the team. He understands the systems of the game, he knows what we’re trying to put in place, the positions guys should stand. He leads. He is impressive.”

Source: Le Monde

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