Undisputed starter with the New York Knicks last season, Evan Fournier has started on the bench for two games. But the French back takes things well.
Starting an NBA game on the bench. This is something that Evan Fournier had been unaccustomed to since his debut in 2012 in the big league. Until last week, he had started 502 of the 652 games of his NBA career. But for the past two games, New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has decided to take him out of the five majors, when he had started in his first 87 games in the jersey of the New York franchise. During these two meetings (one won against Philadelphia, the other lost against Boston), the Frenchman played 25 minutes in total, for 5 points and only five shots attempted. But the player of just 30 years old is philosophical and will do everything to help his teammates, as he told the New York Post.
Fournier will change position
” It’s like that. I am in my 11th year. So I know a lot of things can happen. We see it every year. Last year, it was Kemba (Walker, who hasn’t played since February, editor’s note). So I’m going to do my best with what I have, try to have an impact on the win and be a good teammate. That’s all you can ask for. Do my best, be a pro, do my job. Nothing really changes in the approach to the game. You have to do the best with what is given. The coach does not need to explain himself. He made a decision. We are a team and we have to move forward. Obviously, I will play with different players. I will most likely play winger now instead of fullback. I will play in different places, against bigger players, ”explains the Frenchman. Now overtaken by Cam Reddish and Quentin Grimes in the Knicks hierarchy, Evan Fournier (8.8pts and 2.4rbds on average since the start of the season in 22 minutes) will try to adapt to his new role, within ‘a franchise that has won four of its first nine games and is ranked 7th in the Eastern Conference.