He alone symbolizes what this club of Monaco has represented for a few seasons now in the French basket. Ambition, character and above all a good dose of talent, we’ll start with that.
Mike James is American but he is considered one of the best players in Europe because it is indeed on the old continent that he made his name, in prestigious clubs: Panathinaikos, Milan, CSKA Moscow and so since this season Monaco, a newcomer to the top of the basket with big investments.
Mike James is a star on the rock, sometimes irregular but always solid statistics when it counts, especially in the European Cup, in the Euroleague. Mike James is the biggest salary in France and largely, 1 million 400 thousand euros over the season.
He is also a sacred character who could therefore allow Monaco to win this first league title in the event of victory this evening against Villeurbanne.
Capable of memorable outbursts, of leaving the floor himself if he is upset, under the dumbfounded eyes of his coaches
In Moscow, he was at open war with the management, with incidents in the locker room, suspensions, his coach then speaks of an “insoluble conflict”. As for his few experiences in the NBA, in Phoenix, New Orleans, Brooklyn, they have often also been cut short. At 31, the native of Portland has built a reputation as a brilliant player with a pig character.
In Monaco, it hasn’t been a smooth river either, this season, but since the arrival this winter of Serbian coach Sacha Obradovic, who gave him back the keys to the game, the results are there. “With him, says Mike James, we speak pretty much the same language”. Since then, it has been a very successful campaign in the Euroleague, second place in the regular season in the league and therefore this series in the final against Asvel that Monaco could lead at home this evening in game 4.
The “Roca Team” as the Monegasque team nicknames leads 2 wins to 1, it takes 3 to win the trophy. It would be the sixth overall in the career of this player like no other.