Hornets' Batum says some French fans celebrating his injury

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 file photo, Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum, of France, (5) holds the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum says some basketball fans from France are happy that he has a torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out a minimum of six to eight weeks, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets guard Nic Batum says some basketball fans in his native France are happy he tore a ligament in his left elbow.

Batum says some on social media are still angry he decided not to play for the French national team this summer for the first time since joining the NBA. Batum decided not to play because he wanted to focus on working on particulars of his game and the Hornets' upcoming regular season.

Batum will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks with the injury.

Batum says some "people in France are happy about it" and that it's "like I deserve it," although he says many in France and the U.S. have also been supportive.


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