Evan Fournier: “I try to be fair in my choices”

2023-08-05 12:30:54

Top scorer against Montenegro on Wednesday night (20 points) in a preparation match for the World Cup, Evan Fournier was the author of a released match. In a press conference, the back of the France team returned to his performance.

How does it feel to play at home with this atmosphere and this tricolor jersey?

It’s always a pleasure to meet the French team, the staff, the public. It’s the third year that we’ve come to Montpellier, so we know the atmosphere there. It was a good match, a great victory (80-69). It was fun to meet people on our usual field trip.

Did you need a match like this to give you rhythm and confidence?

It’s preparation. It’s always good to play well. It’s good to put the shots, to be in the leg. But there is not much to say. I just try to be myself, to be aggressive, to be fair in my choices, to try to lead by example. I have to do even better.

Finding the automatisms of the Tokyo Games, with the return of Nicolas Batum and Nando De Colo, help you?

They do not help me in the creation. When I have the ball and it’s up to me to create, I just have more space because the players are the most dangerous. I have a very good understanding with Nando on the back lines and Nicolas Batum is an excellent facilitator. Offensively, I think we can be very strong. When I see how they play, it pisses me off to tell me that they didn’t come last year (Editor’s note: during the Euro where France finished second).

Rudy Gobert a inscrit son premier 3 points…

(Laughs.) I’m happy but it may be bad news for the future (Editor’s note: Evan Fournier challenged Rudy Gobert to put a three-point basket after a stepback. If he succeeds, the French back said he would stop his career laughing).

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