Steve Clifford Rumors
Orlando’s new coach, Steve Clifford, often referred to Fournier as his team’s best pick-and-roll defender and occasionally picked Fournier to guard lightning-fast point guards such as John Wall. In the meantime, Fournier also dished out a career-high 3.6 assists per game. “I thought he would be a good defender,” Clifford said. “He’s a much more versatile defender than I realized. He guarded point guards, and he can guard bigger guys, which he’s always done in the past, anyway. I knew he was a good competitor. I think he’s a terrific competitor. He badly wants to win. He didn’t shoot the ball as well as he has in other years, and again, that’ll be a lot of the film work this summer.”
Eric Smith: “He was really good yesterday in practice. And very energetic this morning.” — Clifford on Vucevic. The coach adds it’s tough right now against a big body/former defensive POY in Gasol & Ibaka who has led the NBA in blocks twice.