Nicolas Batum and Danilo Gallinari: A 10-Year Rivalry Rooted in Respect

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Nicolas Batum and Danilo Gallinari: A 10-Year Rivalry Rooted in Respect
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The rise of Nicolas Batum into a budding NBA star took root 10 years ago, in Europe, when he was an awe-struck 14-year-old sitting at the end of the French National team bench. France was playing Italy, and Batum said he sat wide-eyed, mouth agape, wondering how such a big kid for Italy could be so skilled.

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