Monday, June 29, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – “The main reason why we play again is money”, tells AFP the back of Orlando Evan Fournier, a month before the resumption of the NBA season at Disney World, where according to him the winner will be “less respected than a champion after a full season.”
As for the galloping spread of the coronavirus in Florida, the French 27-year-old judge “disturbing”, but believes that “for the NBA to take such a risk, the security measures will be maximum.”
QUESTION: In what state of mind are you thinking of taking over the championship?
ANSWER: “At the beginning there were a certain number who said that we had to stop the season, but we became aware of the possible scenarios according to, potential lockout (employer strike), changes in level of the salary-cap… There would have been such negative effects that we finally agreed to end the campaign his. So the main reason we replay is money. But some are not reassured by the health situation. Then there is the Black Lives Matter movement which mobilizes many players. “
Q: A number think that the time is for the fight against racial injustice, not for basketball …
A:” I understand those who do not feel like playing because that would distract them. attention to this big problem. I'm more like those who think, on the contrary, that we have to use the resumption of the season to be heard. The whole world is going to watch us. I believe that the majority of players will come and we will all use this platform, the NBA, to get a big message out. It can be significant. »
Q: Are you reassured by the planned health protocols? A: “For the NBA to take such a risk by resuming the season, it is that the measures will be maximum. They will make our lives easier so that we don’t have to wonder and feel safe every day. They said Disney staff would benefit from additional testing. It's good. Honestly at first, the measures planned for them were nonsense.
Q: You will only have three weeks of group training before playing again. It seems short.
A: “We haven't had any opposition, contact play since March, so yes, it's really very short. The unknown is what will remain of automatisms. Reconnecting with systems in such a short time will be complicated. This is why teams with individual talents that can make a difference will benefit. The others, whose game is based on alchemy and the passing game, will have lost the benefit of the work carried out and will be penalized. “
Q: What is the objective of the Magic?
A:” The play-offs, we're off to a good start. What we are aiming for is 7th place; that would lead us to face Toronto or Boston. We would avoid Milwaukee. Brooklyn is a game ahead of us, we face them from the start. It will be important from the start. “
Q: Why do you think the 2020 champion will be less respected than the others?
A:” An NBA season is 82 games, then play-offs with field advantage. There, the winning team will be the champion of a … tournament, contested with little preparation, with no field advantage. Players will choose not to participate. In some teams, there will be injured who will return when they should not have played again in the spring. Things are a bit distorted. Ultimately, for future champions, this is not fair. They will have disassembled to win and they will be less respected than a real champion after a full season. So, of course, this team will be a very good team, but it will not have had the normal course that leads to an NBA title. “
Q: The next season is scheduled for December and could encroach on the Tokyo Games (July 23-August 8) …
A:” First, the cut will be very short. It will be a big problem. Then, yes, one of my big fears is not to participate in the Olympic Games. I’ve never played it before. We have great things to do with the Blues. But I will not be able to leave in high season to go there. The NBA knows that many foreigners want to play them, that the United States wants to send their best team there. That’s why she offered to resume on December 1. If so, I prefer that rather than missing the Games.