” With 37 wins we would be ninth in the west, so in the play-in, but the east has strengthened there… » Evan Fournier puts the Knicks’ miserable season into perspective, who actually ended the season with a better record than the Pelicans and Spurs, who face each other in tonight’s play-in. But this season, for once, the Eastern Conference was tighter and perhaps more challenging, and New York fell by the wayside.
” We never managed to find an osmosis, a way to play to win regrets the French in L’Equipe. ” If we don’t have a much better season next year, they’ll kick us all out!”
The Frenchman, signed for another three seasons, returns to his irregularity and to this new role: “exclusive shooter”.
“I often found myself without the ball. I was looking for myself a lot, I found it difficult to fit into the system, I didn’t really know how to help the team. he continues. “I was very frustrated with an uneven performance. I had to understand that I’m either fighting against my use as an exclusive shooter or embracing that concept. In the end, I still ended up in the top 5 in the NBA with 3 points. So it’s positive to be among the best in training. I also broke the Knicks’ 3-point record for a season.”
“I’m just getting into my “best time” and see myself as a keeper for a few more years”
Last year he was also able to discover a new role: sixth man…” It’s not my decision, but for me I’m only just getting into my “best time” and see myself as a starter for a few more years. In defense I have to get going at the start of the season, then I have to talk to the coach in attack in the summer. I understood my role, but I can do more and help in other situations. »
From now on, room for a well-deserved “rest” before moving towards Eurobasket 2022, of which he will be a priori leader with Rudy Gobert.
“We will evaluate the young people, especially with the June window. I think of Theo (Maledon), I think of Killian Hayes… and other players that I can’t think of. Timothé (Luwawu-Cabarrot) should make up for Nico’s absence and become a clear starter. But I’ll see Vincent (Collet, the coach) first. We were already managers with Rudy (Gobert), so our role doesn’t change, but with Nando and Nico we would have been less alone. »
The full interview with Evan Fournier
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