In a surprise announcement, Alexis Ajinca has failed to make the 12-man squad that will represent France in the upcoming FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila. According to Fabrice Auclert of Basket USA, there was likely more to the decision than just basketball reasons. Have a look at how Google Translate viewed several of the key paragraphs.
The interior of the Pelicans, package in 2015, had complained about the cold reception of the executive team, and its output in L'Equipe has probably pushed Collet to part for QCT.
The way I read this, Ajinca had taken issue with something beforehand, as though some initial meeting or interaction did not go well. This issue was large enough that it forced Vincent Collet, the head coach, to leave Ajinca off the team.
However, this quote by Ajinca in the very next paragraph divulges something really interesting.
"This message [Tony Parker] was disrespectful. I did not like. Throughout the season that followed the NBA, some players have not spoken to me, "explained Ajinça in sports daily. "But on the other hand, you know, I'm twenty-eight, a family. While people talk about me or not, I do not care. If this should be a reason to not be in the France team in the future ... I have made my choice, I assume. I just find it a shame not to be able to move on. "
What the hell is all of this?
It appears Ajinca had once taken exception with something Tony Parker had said in the past, and it apparently went on to affect several of his relationships with NBA players through the course of last season. Worse, Ajinca believes it may ultimately spell the end of his career with the French national team.
A quick internet search of Tony Parker and Alexis Ajinca revealed an article on basket-infos.com was published on June 25, 2016 with this translated headline, "Alexis Ajinça: "The message of Tony Parker was disrespectful." Here is a full Google translation of the article.
Last year a few days before the Eurobasket, Alexis Ajinça had withdrawn from pain in the Achilles tendon under pressure from his team and the team of France did not appreciate. Patrick Beesley had not hidden.
"We just learned indirectly of the package Alexis Ajinça. We discussed with him the issue and we proposed it possible developments with regard to his personal situation. I am very disappointed by this decision and by the way used to communicate. " -- Patrick Beesley
In the columns of L'Equipe he returned to this injury and defends this choice
"I was injured when I arrived. I could not do the workouts in full. Before signing, I even refused MRI not the Pelicans hold me ... But at some point the GM, the owner, the coach, all demanded that I return. And I felt indebted compared to my contract. " -- Ajinça
A year later Alexis was still called then he had not had contact with the Federation during the year, aware that he benefited packages, including Rudy Gobert and Ian Mahinmi. However the tension following the episode last year always seems palpable, who has in the craw a message from Tony Parker to the whole group about motivation, as he confided to Yann Ohnona
"This message was disrespectful. I did not like. Throughout the season that followed the NBA, some players have not spoken to me, "slips Ajinça for the misunderstanding that persists today. "But on the other hand, you know, I'm twenty eight years, a family. While people talk about me or not, I do not care. If this should be a reason to not be in the France team in the future ... I have made my choice, I assume. I just find it a shame not to be able to move on. " -- Ajinça
No wonder the blow he entrusts to us just a few days if it is not kept for the Olympics if it helps to qualify the team, he will not come back in blue
If this happens to me ... If I have to leave after successfully qualifying the team, personally I would not go, that's for sure.
From this article, the controversy appears to stem back to last offseason when Ajinca pulled out of EuroBasket competition due to an Achilles tendon injury. It sounds like Ajinca had followed the advice of the Pelicans, and thus scorned a number of people associated with the French national team?