Magic’s Evan Fournier reacts to France’s Bronze finish, sympathizes with Australia
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier is proud of what France has accomplished in the FIBA World Cup.
France’s men’s national basketball team finished with the bronze medal in the recently concluded international tournament after beating Australia 67-59. The win also allowed them to book a ticket to the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Fournier, who was instrumental the success of the French in the World Cup, said that while he is happy for what he and his teammates were able to achieve, he also sympathizes with Australia (via Tim Reynolds).
“It feels good to finish on a good note. When you see Australia, the players, Bogut, Dellavedova, I know those guys and it’s awful for them. But that’s definitely what we didn’t want, to finish the tournament feeling like (crap) like that.”
The Australians bowed down in the FIBA World Cup with heavy hearts after losing to Spain in the semifinals. Some of them felt that the game officials were biased and in their eyes, that is what led to their demise. Aussie veteran Andrew Bogut was even heard cursing FIBA, which prompted the basketball governing body to conduct an investigation against him.
The Australians were heavily booed in their game against France.
At the end of the day, Fournier is just happy that France didn’t have to experience what the Australians just went through.
With the FIBA World Cup officially over, Fournier and his fellow NBA players who suited up for their national teams in the tournament are now headed back to the US to focus on the upcoming season.