By the Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
The New York Knicks relegated former starting shooting guard Evan Fournier to a bench role, leading the French international to score 2.7 points in 14.8 minutes in six games after moving to the second unit.
In Sunday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 11-year veteran shot 0-5 from the field.
“The thing is when you only shoot three times a game… it adds up. At the end of the season, look at your percentage, it’s not goodFournier said after going scoreless in Sunday’s game, the NY Post reports. “But now it’s hard to find the rhythm. I think, not knowing the rotation, what’s going to come your way… I have to do a better job than that, in the moment, to be ready for anything..”
Fournier is shooting 20 percent and 18.8 percent from beyond the arc through six games, but hasn’t spoken to coach Tom Thibodeau about his role.
“No, I have no reason to talk to him about it. It’s not about me. It’s about us winning games,” added the French guard.
The 30-year-old noted that he hasn’t played as many minutes since his second year in the NBA when he averaged 19.8 minutes with the Denver Nuggets.
“I won’t lie. Being a little older, I’m bench-pressing now. My knees can’t take it,” Fournier said with a laugh. “But yeah, it’s not an excuse. I need to figure it out myself so I can help the team. That’s all I can say.“
Evan Fournier was selected by the Nuggets with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and spent two years in Colorado. He wore the jersey of the Orlando Magic for seven years before joining the Boston Celtics.
On August 17, 2021, the New York Knicks acquired him in a sign-and-trade deal with the Celtics that will earn the Frenchman $18 million this season, with $18.9 million guaranteed for 2023-24.