Marine Johannès' Rêve Américain

I recently spoke with the Charlotte Hornets’ remaining Frenchman Nicolas Batum, who was with Les Bleus preparing for their FIBA World Cup conquest. The topic of our call was his fellow Lisieux-native Marine Johannès, a player the French press dubbed “the French Steph Curry,” for I wanted to get his perspectives on how his basketball “little sister” was transitioning to the WNBA as the New York Liberty’s newest rookie.

“If you talk to Marine, you have to get close to her because when she speaks she’s very quiet,” Batum told me.

Johannès may be soft-spoken behind-the-scenes, but she’s far from quiet on-court, where in less than a month she’s already announced “présent.”

“It’s still basketball,” Johannès told me of how she’s adjusting. “My dream was to come here, to play in this league and to profit from the experience.”

Here’s my look at how Johannès is living her WNBA dream for The Athletic WNBA (pdf).

Intrigued? You can check out the French Basketball Federation’s mini-doc “Marine Johannès, Curry à la française,” for a different angle-in (en français).