Tony Parker plans to play in Olympic qualifying, Rio Games
Tony Parker said he plans to play in both Olympic qualifying in July and the Rio Games in August, according to L’Equipe.
Parker, 33, previously said he could miss the tournaments this summer, at least in part due to his wife’s pregnancy, according to French media.
Parker said his wife is due in late July, which would fall in between France’s Olympic qualifying tournament (July 4-10 in the Philippines) and the Rio Games (Aug. 6-21).
Parker led France at the 2012 Olympics with 15.7 points per game. The French lost two games in London, to the gold medalist U.S. in group play and silver medalist Spain in the quarterfinals.
Parker led all players with 19 points per game at 2013 EuroBasket, won by France.
In September, Parker and France fell in the EuroBasket semifinals to Spain in a winner-goes-to-Rio game.
The defeat forced France to a last-chance, winner-take-all, six-team Olympic qualifying tournament in the Philippines in July.
In the Philippines, France will face a field that includes Canada, which had nine NBA players on its roster (including Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins) at August’s FIBA Americas yet was stunned in a winner-goes-to-Rio game by Venezuela, which had zero NBA players.
France is likely to be without Chicago Bulls All-Star Joakim Noah this summer as he underwent season-ending left shoulder surgery in January and hasn’t played a major tournament for the national team since 2011 EuroBasket.
Other French NBA players include Charlotte Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw and Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier.