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Basketball / Elan Béarnais – Strasbourg: the “pleasure” of Gaylor Curier

Find the Elan less than a month after the final lost in the final of the Coupe de France must revive in you a strong spirit of revenge?

“It would be hypocritical to say otherwise. We are still “stung” because we wanted this title at all costs. We therefore come to Pau with a knife between our teeth. But ultimately, regardless of the outcome of the final and the resulting spirit, we absolutely need to win our last two matches if we want to play the playoffs with home advantage…

Find the Elan less than a month after the final lost in the final of the Coupe de France must revive in you a strong spirit of revenge?

“It would be hypocritical to say otherwise. We are still “stung” because we wanted this title at all costs. We therefore come to Pau with a knife between our teeth. But ultimately, regardless of the outcome of the final and the resulting spirit, we absolutely need to win our last two matches if we want to play the playoffs with home advantage. In the event of a tie with Dijon and Limoges, we will be ahead. So let’s put all the chances on our side by starting by winning our matches. »

At Bercy, were you surprised by the volume of play from Pau who produced one of their best productions of the year that day?

“Yes, it must be recognized, even if on paper this Pau team is magnificent. What surprised us was their ability to transcend themselves, to surpass themselves, while they were going through a difficult period in the league. It’s never easy to bounce back in those times. They took us by the throat, inevitably that surprised us. We hope it will be our turn this time. »

Are the defeats against Bourg and Roanne that followed linked to the disappointment of Bercy?

” Not especially. I never felt the group affected by defeat. As I said, it “stung” us, but we immediately got back to work. On these two matches in question, we just forgot our basics, the intensity to put on the ball for 40 minutes. We only did it intermittently and we paid cash. Last week we worked well, we corrected the situation against Le Mans. »

From the outside, this SIG team offers a very positive, united image, as if you were a real group of friends…

“It’s very nice to play in this team! It’s the first time I’ve been in such a homogeneous team, and it shows on and off the pitch. We like to share the ball and lots of things in everyday life too. It’s a spirit that the coach wanted to instill and it works wonderfully for the moment. »

We also have the impression of a beautiful development about you, with a real role of “sniper-defender” coming off the bench?

“Clearly! This is what I strive to say to many friends who were surprised at my choice to join the SIG. In fact, the time I play, whether important or not, I have fun, it’s a real pleasure. It’s so easy to concentrate on what I have to do! Everyone has a well-defined role in the team. I give my all for her and she gives it back to me very well. »

With significant hot shots on your part, like this 7 out of 8 from three points against Gravelines or the 5 out of 8 against Monaco…

“That’s the bonus. My role is to be an offensive danger, to dismiss the defenses as well. When I’m marked close, it frees my partners, so it’s all good. And when I put it in, it’s great! But the only thing that matters to all of us is winning. »

Finding yourself in this situation, the year of your 30th birthday, after ten seasons of alternating between Pro-A and Pro-B, all marked by a severe ankle injury, does it make you enjoy this season even more fully? ?

“Ah yes, it’s a real life lesson! All the somewhat tumultuous passages that I have gone through allow me to bite even harder into this season. I think it makes me even better. The fact of playing with the banana, while being happy, makes me let go, I free myself and inevitably that brings to the team. Everything I’ve been through before has hardened me mentally. I had three operations on the same ankle, it slapped me at the time but also allowed me to enjoy every second spent on the pitch. Sometimes some take it for arrogance, because I like to celebrate or play a little stupid on the floor. But it’s just because I’m having fun! Basketball is my job, my passion, I have fun and it’s great. »

Returning to this Sports Palace where you discovered the high level between 2010 and 2012 is there a special moment?

” Sure ! It’s a room in which I spent a lot of difficult times (laughs) during individual sessions, I left sweat! I always attach feelings to my memories, and these years when I was in Pau, I built myself as a man, I was only a kid of 18 who left his Paris region. Culturally, it was the opposite of what I knew and I was adopted very quickly. For my part, I adopted the region and the people very quickly too. I have a special attachment to this Palace and I always look forward to returning. »

Have you kept any relationships from those Bearn years?

“I always have news from Paco Laulhé, whom I met during his time with the pros at Elan. I also talk often with Thierry Trouillet, who coached me with the hopefuls. I was young, they trained me as much as a man as a basketball player. »

Memories of Thierry Trouillet

Gaylor Curier’s coach during his second year with the hopefuls of Elan in 2010-11, Thierry Trouillet remembers perfectly the discovery of the player: “I immediately hooked with Gaylor because I always had the fiber for the attackers, the players with an ‘arm’, and he very young could slam baskets from very far, like Bastien Pinault. Gaylor had one more thing, he was very athletic. He also needed to be let loose. The first day I took the hopes, I said to him: “You think we won’t let you play your basketball, you say you’re restricted, ok, now you have carte blanche. Show me on Saturday what you are capable of”. He had slammed 25 or 30 points! He then rode on that confidence all season. And then Gaylor is a real enthusiast, with him, it’s basketball H24! »

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