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Tony Parker to play with France despite wife’s pregnancy

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France’s Tony Parker, center, controls the ball during their semifinal basketball match at the EuroBasket European Basketball Championships, between France and Spain, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 in Lille, northern France. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)


PARIS (AP) San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker says he has found a deal with his wife that will allow him to take part in France’s Olympic qualifying tournament this summer.

Parker had raised the possibility of missing the tournament from July 4-10 and the Olympics - if France qualified - because of the expected birth of his second son in July.

But Parker told L’Equipe newspaper Monday that he will be available for both events, saying: “I will be at the Olympics if we qualify.”

Parker says his wife is making a “big sacrifice” by letting him go and has warned him he “should better bring a medal back home.”

The Olympic basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro will be held from Aug. 6-21.