The Charlotte Hornets’ Nic Batum seemed to be a step behind for much of the Olympic tournament, including in Spain’s 25-point win over France Wednesday that eliminated Batum’s French team from the Olympics. But Batum says that he will return to being the same player with the Hornets this season because Charlotte allows him to have a bigger role than the French national team does.
The Charlotte Hornets’ Nic Batum seemed to be a step behind for much of the Olympic tournament, including in Spain’s 25-point win over France Wednesday that eliminated Batum’s French team from the Olympics. But Batum says that he will return to being the same player with the Hornets this season because Charlotte allows him to have a bigger role than the French national team does. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC AFP/Getty Images
The Charlotte Hornets’ Nic Batum seemed to be a step behind for much of the Olympic tournament, including in Spain’s 25-point win over France Wednesday that eliminated Batum’s French team from the Olympics. But Batum says that he will return to being the same player with the Hornets this season because Charlotte allows him to have a bigger role than the French national team does. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC AFP/Getty Images

Zero points, zero rebounds? Nic Batum says don’t worry, Hornets fans

August 17, 2016 05:52 PM

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