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Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
Position: G
Born: 10/29/92
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $2,288,204
The last few weeks have felt like torture to Evan Fournier. A hip injury will force him to miss his 13th consecutive game when his Orlando Magic host his old team, the Denver Nuggets, on Sunday night. “It’s really the first time in my career where I’ve missed so many games,” Fournier said Saturday. “It’s very frustrating, but it’s a part of what we do. We’ve got to take care of our body. Hopefully, I’m going to be able to play soon. Hopefully, 10 more days. I don’t know. But, yeah, it’s hard.”
Evan Fournier and Tobias Harris are unlikely to play when the Orlando Magic face the Chicago Bulls tonight at the United Center. Fournier and Harris are recovering from injuries they suffered during the Magic’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Fournier sprained his right knee, while Harris sprained his left ankle. “I’ll talk to them,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said this morning. “The likelihood right now [is] that they will not play.”
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The comfort Fournier has gained in Orlando doesn’t mean he was eager to leave Denver. “I was so mad [after the trade], I was upset,” he said. “But I think it’s human, when you’re traded I don’t think you realize what’s going on. It’s just, ‘Oh, they don’t want me anymore.’ After two or three hours I talked to my agent and I realized it was a great trade for me against a guy [Afflalo] that averaged 18 points a game, so it means I have some value. So I was very excited.”
Vucevic, Fournier’s closest friend on the team, said he was impressed by the toughness displayed by the Frenchman. For Fournier to miss only the time it took to get the stitches, Vucevic said it shows the third-year guard’s dedication to his teammates. “He didn’t (back off) and he was very aggressive. (Him possibly shying away from contact) was on my mind too because it’s only normal when you have an injury like that to be less aggressive, but he still had a couple of nice dunks and drives,’’ Vucevic said. “He’s a tough guy to come back in Toronto and Boston and he didn’t take any time off even though it was a big cut. It could have been a big issue and it shows that he’s tough and he’s committed to this team. “I guess I can’t really talk trash about his ponytail anymore.’’
That hairstyle has generated dozens of catcalls from opposing fans when the Magic play in road games. Fournier, who came into Friday’s road game in Indiana averaging a career-best 16.1 points per game, said he actually likes the taunts and jokes from the fans because they fire him up and help him lock in on the task at hand. “I love it. Every game on the road I get two or three jokes and I think it’s funny,’’ said Fournier, who is in his first season with the Magic following a June trade with the Denver Nuggets. “(The jokes) kind of give me motivation. They say, `Your ponytail is horrible.’ I think it’s funny, but I just don’t like it when my teammates laugh at it. But it’s part of the game and it’s fun.’’
Evan Fournier’s “samurai’’ haircut – one that features a distinctive top-knot pony tail – has become a consistent source of humor for the Orlando Magic and a spark of motivation for the standout shooting guard. Fournier, a native of suburban Paris, wore his hair long on the top and short on the sides over the summer while he playing for the French National Team in the FIBA World Cup. When Fournier’s hair kept falling down into his face during games he went to a ponytail look to solve the problem.