Even if you really like counting to super high numbers, I think we can all agree that wearing a jersey with 90-something on it is kind of weird in the NBA. For one, these guys aren’t linebackers or defensive lineman, so it just looks bizarre size-wise. For two, the players who have worn numbers in the 90s — guys like Dennis Rodman, Ron Artest, Drew Gooden and DeShawn Stevenson — prove that it’s pretty much all weirdos who pick those kind of numbers.

That being said, even though these guys are among the strangest the NBA has ever seen, there is always a reason to wear a number in the 90s. Rodman wore 91 because No. 10 was retired for the Bulls and 9+1=10. Ron Artest wore 93 because it kind of looked like a QB for Queensbridge. These guys have their reasons, which is why it’s no surprise that Denver Nuggets rookie Evan Fournier would have what seems to be a very logical explanation for why he’s going to become the first player in NBA history to wear No. 94. From TrueHoop:

Speaking of the Nuggets, first round pick Evan Fournier wears No. 94 for the team. It’s a homage to the number of Val-de-Marne, a department of France his hometown is located in. The jersey number doesn’t reflect the year he was born. Because that would make him 17.

I don’t really understand what a “department of France” is, but from what I understand, it’s kind of like a county in the United States, only they use numbers instead of names. Or I guess it’s like the districts in “The Hunger Games,” only with less starvation and sport killings. (If you are French and want to explain it better than Wikipedia, go for it. It’s a free internet.) And Franc-ly, that seems like just as good of a reason to pick a number as anything else. At least there’s some reasoning behind why he picked a hockey number.

However, I personally would have loved if Fournier said he picked 94 because he was born in the 1990′s and his name has the word “four” in it and he loves puns. Come to think of it, Evan “Ninety” Fournier has a pretty nice ring to it.

Comments (11)

  1. Its sad how much I enjoyed “franc-ly”…welcome back Trey!

  2. I’m French and you explained it quite well. French departments are districts, pretty much like in Hunger Games.
    It goes like this from biggest to smallest: nation, region, departement, “canton” (even smaller a district) and city.
    The first two numbers of our Zipcodes are the number of the department.
    94 – Val de Marne is a district just outside of Paris.
    That’s all folks, now you know a bit more about us! Kudos to the one who can place this piece of knowledge at the dinner table ;-)

  3. yeah it’s kind of like a county I guess. the régions are comparable to the american states, and the next sub-divisions of those “states” are the départements…
    the numbers are mostly just postal codes, like it says in wikipedia. although the point is that the numbers also appear in your social security number as far as I understand (I’m german btw), so it’s a part of the personal data of every citizen of france with regard to their place of birth. (also, they used to appear on the license plates of cars, but only until 2009).
    that’s all that I know, thx to german wikipedia^^

  4. ah ramius beat me to it :D well since he’s actually french that’s more than fair!^^

  5. “Departements” in France are more like the ZIP codes in a state of the USA. It’s a division of the state (or France) that allows a better administrative organisation. Well, at least that’s how it’s told.
    Since a decade, it’s became more and more of a trend to consider some of these departments as a part of one’s identity. Just as some guy from Brooklyn can show pride about it, a guy from “le neuf quatre” (nine-four, because, you know, ninety four is sooo long to pronounce for us young lamers) shows pride the same way.
    By the way my example with Brooklyn was referring to a generation that had not yet delt with a russian billionnaire.

  6. Gosh are there only european ppl reading tbj blog right now?

  7. A solid dunk by Fournier on Kenneth Faried in Nuggets’ practice: http://sbn.to/LRH2Df

  8. you say things like “le neuf quatre”? that actually sounds pretty cool :D I was just gonna say that I guess tony parker used some slick hand gestures to represent his own département in some of his videos, but then I realized (=wiki) he was born in belgium – so I have no idea what his area code could even be. shame.

  9. hehe, basketball is a global thing!

  10. And the blog is back! Kinda missed you Trey! ;o)

  11. If the Nuggets traded him to LA for say Chris Paul or Kobe Bryant, I would write a headline including “CaliFournier” . Also, if the Nuggets hired the T-Wolves PR guys I would love to see a video where they dub over “pass the courvoisier” with him saying “pass to fournier” in his French accent.

    Anyway, that will likely never happen, much like my suggestion to start the Far-Ied Movement. Apparently Manimal works better.

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