ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — While the recent terror attacks in Paris were a shocking occurrence to everyone, spurring shows of support from around the NBA, they resonated in a uniquely personal way with the NBA players who have ties to the French capital.
Knicks center Kevin Seraphin, for instance, was born in French Guiana but moved to Paris when he was 16, and now lives there during the NBA offseason. Seraphin considers Paris his adopted hometown, and on Friday as the attacks were unfolding, Seraphin told Yahoo that it all still was hard to comprehend…
“It’s kind of sad, because… there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Seraphin who played for the French national Olympic team in 2012. “Think about how some people went to see a soccer game and went to see a [concert] and you don’t really expect that. It’s just scary, now people are scared to go out and just do anything. I couldn’t believe… killing us as a human. For sure, we don’t want to see people living like that.”
Seraphin said he was too young and too detached to understand the affect the 9/11 attacks had on New York and the United States, but Paris has now dealt with two traumatic situations in the past 11 months. Last January, 12 people were killed during a terrorist attack at the Paris satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, and Seraphin – then, still a member of the Wizards – honored the victims by wearing a shirt that read, “Je suis Charlie” – French for “I am Charlie” – before a win against Chicago.
“I’m scared that this is starting to be often,” he said. “At one point, just like, I live in Paris. You don’t want that to start to be something that happens every two months. If you don’t feel safe anymore in the country like you want, you don’t want to be there, so it’s kind of sad. It’s really sad.”
Today, for the Knicks game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Seraphin showed up with his support for Paris on display for everyone to see…
Update: Kevin Seraphin played his best game as a member of the Knicks on Sunday, scoring 12 points (6-8 FG) in 14 minutes. After the game, he dedicated the win to the victims of the terror attacks in Paris: