NBA Paris: Rozier up for the Challenge in the French Capital

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The Charlotte Hornets faced the media for the first time in Paris on Wednesday. After touching down late Tuesday night. Numerous reporters from around the world were housed in the Palais des sports Marcel-Cerdan arena waiting for their first glimpse of the Hornets. First out was 25-year-old Terry Rozier.

Rozier straight away spoke about the opportunity of playing overseas. Praising Paris, but also stating the importance of balancing fun and business.

“I love Paris already, I’ve been to London a few times, I’m looking forward to getting around and seeing how it is… Going overseas you want to have some fun, but obviously we’ve still got work to do, we’ve got a job to do over here and that’s to play on Friday night. We want to balance having fun and being prepared.”

Rozier, who signed a 3-year, $56.7 million contract just this past summer, expressed his desire to fly home with the win also. Despite the Hornets being on a 7-game losing streak. The former Boston Celtic made it clear that “anything can happen in the NBA”, but added that he is fully aware of the threat that current MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, poses.

“We want to win this game, and it’s going to make that flight home much sweeter… we want to try and end the losing streak. We know that we’re going up against, probably, the number one team in the East.. anything can happen. Anybody can be beat. That’s our mindset.”

“He’s an elite player [Giannis Antetokounmpo]. We all know that… he’s a hell of a player, he does everything. We’re going to try and be the tougher team and try and get him to miss some shots.”

The Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets will both be hosting media availability and training sessions in Paris on Thursday. Before facing off on Friday night at the Accorhotels Arena, to a sold-out crowd.