Due to the joint absence of Nicholas Batum, the usual captain ofFrench national teamand Nando de Colo, the other captain of the tricolor locker room, it was necessary to reorganize the hierarchy in the Vincent Collet.
Thus, in light ofEuro 2022 (September 1-18) is Evan Fournier Who was appointed to take over the leadership in the absence of “Batman”, while Rudy Gobert Appointed deputy blues captain. Therefore, it was no surprise that these two were the key players on the team.
However, despite this new status that many promised, the back of the Knicks did not want to radically change its way of being. Whether on the field or in the locker room.
“ I have never given much importance [au rôle de capitaine] ‘, Evan Fournier rightly acknowledged, a little earlier in the week, in Pillars of Figaro.’ When you’re a leader, you necessarily have responsibilities, but that’s not something I pretend to be. I don’t necessarily have a particular desire to be a leader. Either way, leadership occurs naturally on the pitch. It will be the coaches’ decision and it will be respected, that’s all. »
And then, at a press conference, we add on a possible stature as a spokesperson for the Blues: “ No, I’m the captain of the team, and clearly, I have a certain weight with respect to that. I’m one of the most capped players, the most experienced, but that’s it. It’s just a personal story and experience. »
More than just a captain
Without the Batum/de Colo duo, it’s clear that the Fournier/Gobert pair would have to act differently, both on and off the court. But according to Yvan Fournier himself, it is mainly up to the other players to take advantage of this opportunity to take the lead in the group.
” It means less experience on the field, with those players who know these competitions well. We’ve lived a lot together. They will also lack their leadership and certain knowledge. It will be up to us to freshen ourselves up a bit and play differently He first mentioned the absences of Nicolas Batum and Nando de Colo. ” But that won’t change our role with Rudy [Gobert]. The roles were already the same at the Olympics. We may need to do more. After that, you can make up for the absences with the presence of the players. There will be players who will have other opportunities and will have to do more, I think for example about Timothy [Luwawu-Cabarrot]. »
In fact, in addition to his role as captain and attacking captain for the French national team, Yvan Fournier now wishes to take on the role of French basketball ambassador.
” Over the past two years, my view of things has evolved. “He completed it.” In the beginning, I was a young player trying to earn his place, make a name for himself, and win, and that’s still the case. But the older you get, the more you feel the desire and determination to advance your sport in your country and, in general, sport in France. I find that there is much to be done, such as inspiring the youth, so that there is a tradition going on in France. We had a lot of good players in the past. I think of Boris [Diaw, le manager général de la Team France Basket, ndlr], which still exists. There is a certain form of continuity and it is important for us to hand over to young people, to show them how things are going, to show very good values. Toys [de Tokyo]That’s what’s been really amazing about our team, so we’ll try to push things further in the future. »
And what better than the European champion title next September to go in the right direction?
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|2020-21*||all the difference||42||30||45.7||41.3||78.8||0.2||2.8||3.1||3.4||2.3||1.1||1.7||0.5||17.1|
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