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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO - FRENCH " MICKAEL PIETRUS " IS A FRENCH PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER WHO LAST PLAYED FOR THE TORONTO RAPTORS OF THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Mickaël Piétrus born on February 7, 1982 is a French professional basketball player who last played for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is listed at 6'6", 215 pounds and plays both the small forward and shooting guard positions. Piétrus was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 11th pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, and is originally from Guadeloupe, a Caribbean island that is a part of France. His older brother, Florent Piétrus, is also a professional basketball player.
Piétrus is also known by the nicknames MP, Air France, and Puma. He speaks French and English fluently.
With ÉB Pau-Orthez he won the French championship in 2001 and 2003, as well as the national cup in the year 2002. In September 2005 he won the bronze medal at the 2005 European Championship with the French national team.
After leaving his native France, Piétrus was drafted by the Golden State Warriors. He played there for 5 seasons with the last being the 07–08 season.
During the 2008 off-season, he was signed by the Orlando Magic.
In Piétrus's debut, he scored 20 points against the Atlanta Hawks. He continued to be a key player for the Orlando Magic, with one of his best games being against the Dallas Mavericks, where he made 5 three-point field goals to lead the Magic into a comeback and their first win in Dallas.
Piétrus helped the Magic throughout the 2009 NBA Playoffs where the team reached its second Finals appearance. However he struggled during the final series against the Lakers.
On December 18, 2010, Piétrus was traded to the Phoenix Suns along with Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, a 2011 first-round draft pick, and $3 million, for former Magic player Hedo Türkoğlu, Jason Richardson, and Earl Clark. On December 9, 2011, the Suns tried to trade Piétrus and $1 Million to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for a conditional second round draft pick. One day later, Toronto decided to suspend the trade because Piétrus had a problem with his right knee and it would take 2–4 weeks for it to heal. Piétrus was waived by the Suns on December 22, 2011.
Mickaël Piétrus signed a $1.3 million deal with the Boston Celtics on December 24, 2011, two days after Phoenix waived him.
On March 23, 2012 Pietrus fell on the floor of the Wells Fargo Center after being blocked on a layup. He was taken off by stretcher and was diagnosed with a grade three concussion, and ruled out until at least the playoffs. He had been averaging 6.8 PPG, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.7 assists with the Celtics. He returned in a game against the Atlanta Hawks on April 11, 2012.