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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.
Fournier also has hit it off with Magic center Nik Vucevic, who grew up in Belgium speaking French. “He’s a good offensive player: smart with a good basketball IQ,” Vucevic says. Now, Fournier thinks he can prove himself. “I’m very excited because I know I’m going to handle the ball,” he says. “That’s what I like to do. In Denver, I was more of a stationary shooter, and that’s not what I do best. So I’m very happy.”
One of Lauvergne’s best friends is Nuggets guard Evan Fournier. “The thing is in France, coaches don’t play young guys for some reason,” Fournier said. “I had a hard time playing my first year. So he was playing like 15 minutes (a game) overseas. Then he went to Partizan, the coach played him and he showed what he could do. I knew he was that good. He’s just got to show it. There’s a difference between knowing it and showing it.”
Meanwhile, expect the Nuggets to pick up team options on forwards Kenneth Faried and Evan Fournier. Those easily fall into the “yes” category and will be announced no later than Oct. 31. It is a fourth-year option for Faried and a third-year option for Fournier. It means that this season is a big one for Faried, who can start to make the case for a big contract extension, which would kick in after 2014-15, the final year of his rookie scale contract.
Tony Parker and Nicholas Batum both headline the 12-man roster that France will have when they arrive in Ljubljana next month for Eurobasket. Head coach Vincent Collet has surprised many however by leaving out Leo Westermann, Evan Fournier and Kim Tille, a decision that was made by Collet on Saturday night, before the team’s first defeat of the pre-Eurobasket warm-ups to Greece. Many expected Fournier to make his senior debut this summer in Slovenia after impressing at under-20 level. He was also a major standout at last year’s Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy – where they showcase young European prospects under the watchful eye of NBA scouts. “Evan [Fournier] had little time to show us what he could do, and although in the last few games he improved and started to play more freely, it was still not enough to make us change our mind about what we had seen before,” Collet explained.