EVAN Fournier is having a blast, warming up to the Philippine style of basketball months before playing for France in the Fiba Olympic Qualifiers in Manila.
In an Instagram post, Fournier was seen along with a companion playing with several kids in Palawan on a half-cement, half-dirt basketball court.
Fournier was seen in the video missing a shot but his teammate was able to collar the offensive rebound and score on the putback.
Just had an incredible time with these guys in #Palawan. We played basketball and had so much fun! I am blessed to be able to play in the @NBA but I never played for the money or the fame, I alaways played for the love of the game. #ThisIsWhyWePlay #philippines ???????? J'ai passé un super moment avec des habitants de Palawan, on a fait un petit basket et c'était très cool. J'ai la chance de jouer en NBA mais je n'ai jamais joué pour l'argent ou pour la gloire, j'ai toujour joué par amour du basket.
"Just had an incredible time with these guys in #Palawan," wrote Fournier.
The Orlando Magic and France cager added he was amazed with how the kids loved the game of basketball.
"We played basketball and had so much fun! I am blessed to be able to play in the @NBA but I never played for the money or the fame. I always played for the love of the game," wrote Fournier before using the popular NBA tagline #ThisIsWhyWePlay.
On Tuesday, Fournier posted a photo of him shooting hoops at a court attached to a tree. A check of his Instagram feed also revealed that Fournier had previoulsy posted a photo on a basketball court as well.
Fournier will return to the Philippines in July where he plays for France in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.