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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Antoine Rigaudeau, France From  No doubt Antoine is the best French player in history. Of course, this is before knowing how many NBA rings Tony Parker will end-up with... Won Euroleague (1998), ULEB Cup (2001), 2 Lega and 3 Italian Cups with Kinder Bologna. That’s why, in “Basket City”, people started to call him “Le Roi”… After a frustrating experience with the Mavericks (11 games, 1,5 ppg shooting 22%), Antoine went to Valencia where his nickname was rapidly translated to: “El Rey”. Was raised 200 meters away from the gym of Cholet, where he started his professional career at 16. Was 5 times elected French league MVP, the first one before he even turned 19, in 1990. Won a silver Medal at the Sydney Olympics where he saved France in the first round by scoring 28 points the last 12 minutes against China Took a controversial retirement from the NT two months before EuroBasket 2001 because of a conflict with French federation. Experienced a possible career ending injury in 2004 (Achilles tendon) but had a strong come back with Valencia by the end of last season. Decided to come back to the NT because he appreciates Claude Bergeaud’s ethics and perception of team spirit.
Antoine Rigaudeau Profile

Name: Antoine Rigaudeau
Nickname: Le Roi Rigaudeau
Born: 12/17/1971
Status: Retired
Origin: Cholet, Maine & Loire, France
Height: 6-8/2,01
Weight: 210lbs/1,02kg
Schools: Cholet ’88
Drafted: Undrafted
Languages: French, Italian, English
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): French National Team (6), Cholet 1987-95, Kinder Bologna (14), Pau-Orthez (11), Virtus-Bologna, Dallas Mavericks (17), Pamesa Valencia (44)
Ibn Notes: Rigaudeau has played professional basketball in Europe since he was 16 years old… five-time French Championship MVP (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996) and five time French National League All-Star (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995)…appeared in the Italian All-Star Game in 1998 and 1999…played in the 1998 and 1999 FIBA EuroStar game
Member Comments: "...a hard labor type of man , a silent leader that speaks when necessary. He does not make any advertisement and rarely talks to the media. An austere man. There is another reason why he is very appreciated here in France- no boisterous declaration, no barking at the opponent. A very classically minded player." - Ballstorm
Antoine Rigaudeau Links  From our forum: French Basketball Forum   Articles and other resources: French Great 'Le Roi' Retires (FibaEurope, 2005), Rigaudeau Relishes Return with France (FibaEurope, 2005)