May 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT
Coming off a season where injuries kept him out of the lineup and held him back when he was in it, Tony Parker has decided to take the summer off.
Parker will not represent France in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey in August. He announced his decision on his Web site.
After a long discussion with Gregg Popovich, I know now that I won’t play for the World Championship. The Spurs told me that it would be best for me to focus on the club only. This season was wasted by injuries, they don’t want it to happen during my last year of contract.
One door closes, another opens.
Mavericks’ rookie Rodrigue Beaubois will take his place, the Dallas Morning News reports. The speedy rookie has looked good in limited minutes in Dallas this past season.
France will play powerhouse Spain as well as Canada — maybe including Steve Nash, although he is a long shot to participate — in group play.