Nicolas Batum has revealed further insights into the personal issue that led to his absence from several initial 76ers games.
Despite facing challenges off-court, Batum’s introduction to the Sixers has been impressive, drawing acclaim for his versatile and intelligent gameplay.
Unfortunately, he missed five of his initial ten games due to a private matter, but the positive update is that the situation appears resolved.
Following his return to the starting lineup in a notable victory against the Brooklyn Nets, Batum shared that his wife, Lily E. Batum, had been dealing with health issues in the weeks preceding his trade to the Sixers.
“Lily has been through some health issues the last couple weeks before the trade.” – Batum told reporters.
Originally intending to take a hiatus from the season before the trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, Batum acknowledged the less-than-pleasant experience but emphasized the importance of addressing family matters.
Although he couldn’t disclose specific details, he assured that the situation should be fine now, expressing gratitude for the understanding of the private nature of the matter.
“It was always the plan, so it hasn’t been a fun experience. But we have to go through it as a family, and that’s why I’m talking about it now because I know it’s private stuff—I can’t really say what it is—but I had to be there, and it’s been going on for a couple of weeks now. But, hey, sometimes you have to do what you gotta do for your family. It should be okay now. She’s gonna be fine, and we’ll be fine.” Nic said.
This season, he’s averaging 4.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists with an impressive 58.3% field goal accuracy. In the recent victory against the Nets on Sunday, Batum’s on-court presence surpassed mere statistics.
Despite contributing a humble three points, three rebounds, and three assists, his influence went beyond the numbers. His consistent ability to make wise decisions and execute a diverse range of plays underscored his basketball talent.