kitten. George Eddy brings a breath of fresh air to the basketball court

George Eddy, Guilhem Pucell and Chatto playground players
George Eddy, Guilhem Pucell and Chatto playground players (© Guilhem Pucel)

you will find it “on” Playground (basketball court).impressionist island Feather kitten At the end of the day. basketball legend And sports journalism, George Eddy is a Katowian at heart.

Chateau, a Family Place

His family heirloom widely established in wellines : his great-grandfather, André Clément Maynot, was mayor of Croisy-sur-Seine in the early 1930s; His grandparents had always lived in Chatou and his mother was born there.

“I was born in Alabama but we used to visit my grandparents in Chatou every couple of years.”

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Back in France in 1977, George Eddy lived for a year at the Place Maurice-Berto and frequently met the best basketball players in the area. he signs a contract professional player In 1987 in Vesinet (Yvelines).

He explains: “I moved in with the local people. We used to meet in the gymnasium for rallies and matches. That’s where my career started.” Its place within Vesinet’s team contributed largely to the club’s pass to the second division.

After practice, George Eddy began a career in sports journalism, specifically as a match commentator, He was the headliner of Kanal+ for a long time and is still working with the channel.

land for all for a long time

George Eddy was also involved in shaping Sports venue Chatou’s Together with his friend, coach and basketball player, Guilhem Pucel, he formed the association “playground timein May 2022.

“This association was born out of a desire to rehabilitate the land of the château. We offer a voluntary service where we recommend building or renovating exteriors for town halls. We find the best of the money for courthouses with official dimensions. We try to create value and unbreakable materials. We aim for courts to last 50 years. You leave something behind and a basketball court is more rewarding than a statue.”

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This initiative extended to Le Peck, which rehabilitated land on the banks of the Seine with Plexiglas.

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George Eddy Château does not hide his admiration for the city’s dynamism and the sports infrastructure and the importance it places on young people.

“There are three beautiful grounds near the Château: in the Parc de l’Europe, on the Landes promenade and on the island of the Impressionists. I consider that island the most beautiful in all of France.

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youth in limelight

he makes it a point of honor to maintain intergenerational exchange that takes place on the ground. for twenty years he has organized basketball camp In the city of Yvelin.

This former player puts broadcasting to new generations at the heart of his teaching.

People from far and wide come to see him or play in the playground and get their picture taken with him.

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This new air of youth, he also sees it in the rising stars of French professional basketball, such as Victor Vembanyama. An 18 year old player from Chesne. The young prodigy will be “very soon the best player in France of the new generation”, he explains.

in two years olympic games and for a few months Europe Championship [en septembre 2022]The tricolor party is ready. “With elements such as Rudy Gobert and Ivan Fournier, French basketball is doing very well. They are fit enough to win a second European Championship title. [en septembre 2022] And to shine at the Olympics. ,

his favorite player

His ex, Michael Jordan. “He was a global phenomenon that I’ve been with for almost 20 years.”

His current one, Stephen Curry. “He is the best shooter in the history of the world. I myself was an expert on three-point shots. He participated in revolutionizing basketball.”

Before being able to comment on the next match of the European Championship, George Eddy continues to visit the Chateau playground daily.

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