Dismissed since last Sunday, Evan Fournier is one of the main victims of Tom Thibodeau’s choice to tighten the rotation of the Knicks. The captain of the Blues has missed his team’s last six games and it could go on for a long time. The French rear, certainly annoyed by his situation, does not lose morale for all that, certain that his turn will come again and all the more so as a trade would deprive him of the future birth of his son.
Monday night, New York won on the OKC floor (129-119). Evan Fournier (30) did not participate in this victory. He wasn’t even on the trip to Oklahoma. It’s very simple: since Tom Thibodeau decided to tighten the rotation to try to stem the wave of poor results for his team, the captain of the Blues has not played. It’s been six games now. Six games that the French rear has not played. And it’s probably not over. Asked by Melvin Karsenti as part of the “Hype” program on Sport in France, Saturday evening in the New York locker room on the sidelines of the match against Golden State in San Francisco, Fournier admitted that he had a lot of trouble digesting his situation at the moment, but without losing morale. “I’m not happy, but hey, what can I do? I can’t really do much (he shrugs and smiles, but in spite). I stay professional, I do what I have to do, I try to be ready, and that’s it. We remain patient, what (…) It is not because I was told that I was no longer in the rotation that I will start to relax, to eat more or to go out. I try to be ready. I train, I do cardio, bodybuilding. When I say professional, that’s it: prepare myself as well as possible in case the coach needs me. »
“That it happens so quickly…”
Currently, this is not the case. “Antiz” is certainly one of the first victims of this sudden choice of coaching by his trainer. A choice he did not see coming. And this is perhaps the hardest thing to take for the former Orlando player. “When you look at the minutes of the first games, I was in the five, but I didn’t play a lot, so it could suggest a future change. Afterwards, that it happens so quickly… Finding myself in the five in the 7th game and out of the rotation in the 13th game, it’s true that it happens super fast, “confided the Frenchy, all the more surprised that he had the feeling of having adapted well to the new role that Thibodeau had asked him when he arrived at the Knicks. “My role had really changed since last season. That is to say that I was much more in the role of a shooter than in previous years. it hadn’t necessarily been my game in the past, but I managed to adapt well, I think. Finally, no, it’s not I think: I adapted well (he insists). “Similarly, the silver medalist of the Tokyo Games with the France team believes that there was not necessarily danger in delay to the point of reviewing everything, as the New York coach did. . “I didn’t have a lot of time to be able to test this major five a bit, especially since basically, we were at three or four (in the rotation). I was at 40%. In truth, I found that there was no alarm. Afterwards, it’s his choice, I don’t have much to say, you should ask him. »
“A trade? That means I’m not going to see my son.”
The native of Saint-Maurice is silent for the moment, preferring to be patient. But he will obviously not remain silent forever, aware moreover that everything can very quickly change in his direction as well. “It depends on what the team is doing, but if in a month nothing has changed, I’m going to start asking myself questions. For the moment, I remain focused on what I have to do. I’ve barely turned thirty, I’m in my best years, I’m in great shape, I have to play (…) In 82 games, a lot of things can change. There may be injuries, a trade, anything can happen. Fournier only wants one thing: that the potential traded player isn’t him. This would indeed deprive him of one of the most beautiful events there is. ” My wife is pregnant. She will give birth in February. So having me trade now means that I won’t be seeing my family for several months, that I won’t be seeing my new son. I’m at a stage in my career where I don’t want to go through that. He’s also at a point in his career where he can’t really afford to watch the games go by without playing either. Even if for the moment, he is taking his troubles patiently. But for how long ?