De Colo finished the game with 21 points, five steals and four rebounds as he helped power France to a narrow 73-67 win much to the chagrin of Lithuania head coach Kestutis Kemzura.
“We did a good job on their leaders but the x-factor was Nando de Colo in the 4th quarter. He just hurt us. We couldn’t stop him”, Kemzura told reporters after the tournament.
And while the headliners for France are Spurs' Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, and Joakim Noah make the French squad one of the favorites to win it all at the London 2012 games, De Colo could be an x-factor and if given time on the court, Nando can deliver.
“Tonight I had the opportunity to play my game and I had more time on the court so I did it”, De Colo told reporters following the match.
France will need De Colo more now that the French roster lost two key players and it seems he does have what it takes.
But the question on Spurs fans minds is whether Nando is ready to make the jump to the NBA. He shows he can light up the score board but can he do it on basketball's greatest stage?
What do you think Spurs fans? Do you feel Nando is ready to wear the black and silver jersey?
De Colo is so inconsistent at both ends and I wouldn't not even consider him coming over and help right away. Like TP, he is not a passing PG, while his ball-handling is just average as well as his court vision etc. Put him on SG then his shooting is still questionable and defensively he is undersized, could be exposed by other teams all the time. Maybe De Colo is seen as a good talent HERE but I don't think he is even NBA ready, probably a training camp visiter at best.
Nando est un gagneur qui sait observer, apprendre et élever son niveau. Si on lui accorde la confiance qu'il mérite, les spurs ne le regretteront pas. Essayez, vous verrez...
i for one would love to see him come over, but im not sure where he fits in. he isnt a PG imo which is what we need, but as a 3rd string 2 guard maybe? he could be the manu replacement in a couple of years. i would like him to actually get on the practice court with manu.
@JohnAbney I thought he was playing as a sub for TP? Otherwise, the spurs has plenty of his kind of game and height. What the spurs need is legitimate pgalthough when they play the difference between a pg and sg/sf is non-existent.