Virginia Basketball Team Bonds While Trapped in Paris Elevator

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A preseason trip abroad is meant to bring a team together.

The extra practices, the unique experiences and the in-game opportunities each give a program a great way to get away and prepare for another year on the hardwood.

Any coach would love the chance to bring his team together and bond, well Virginia‘s Tony Bennett got just that during the team’s exhibition trip to Europe.

The Cavaliers, and when I say that, I meanall the Cavaliers, were forced to bond for more than 45 minutes after getting trapped in a Paris elevator back in August.

“Twelve of them is probably the equivalent of, I don’t know, 15 normal people,” Bennett jokingly said in a video recording that was posted on the Virginia Athletics website on Tuedsay. “I think they learned their lesson. We talked about team bonding and being close. I think that’s as close as you can get for an hour in that tight a spot.”

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While the elevator incident in France was probably the most memorable off-the-court part of the journey, the Cavaliers also played games in Belgium and the Netherlands. Virginia went just 2-3 in their five-game trip, however.

Seemingly enough, Virginia went abroad this summer to work on some things on-the-court and come together as a squad. In addition, they also learned not to stuff an entire Division I men’s basketball team into one European elevator.

Virginia is looking to continue improving under Bennett and keep pace with a rapidly improving ACC. The Cavaliers will open up the season on Nov. 9 in an interesting road contest at George Mason.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manger at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse


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