Batum: We both want to be on top
For the first time since entering the league, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is considering giving his body a rest over the summer rather than playing for the France national team.
It’s a tough decision he’s facing in possibly sitting out the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this upcoming summer. Though, it’s a decision he won’t make until the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season.
“I haven’t had a summer where I’ve been able to just rest and relax for a long time,” Batum told CSNNW.com. “It’s something that I’ll have to think about, but I won’t decide until after the season is over.”
Batum, 25, has always remained committed to his national team and he has made it a priority to make sure he was readily available come the offseason.
The wear and tear of a grueling year-round basketball schedule has taken its toll, and for the first time in a long time, he’s not so sure about his summer plans.
“I just want to concentrate on the Portland Trail Blazers,” he said. “We’re having a special season and I want to give them my all. I haven’t had a summer off in a long time and my body is kind of tired. So, I don’t know what I’ll do this summer but my focus is on this team right now.”
In 51 appearances this season, Batum is averaging 12.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 35.9 minutes per game.
Going into tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Batum was second in the league behind Golden State’s Klay Thompson for the most miles traveled on the court with 134.2. If rest is what he opts to take this summer, I'm sure most would understand.