Jul 11, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT
Tony Parker has laid out the more likely path for name NBA players to head to Europe.
Speaking with BasketUSA (via Hoopshype), he said that if there are no games come the new year and the NBA is talking about cancelling a season, then he would return to France and play. Parker played four seasons in the French league before coming to the NBA, and he is part owner of a team there.
While there is a lot of talk of players going to Europe, for name players this is the likely course — if the NBA season is cancelled they will see if there is a team that will take them on. (Deron Williams is the exception to prove the rule.) These teams will tend not to be the big clubs in Europe — teams that already have good rosters filled with well paid players, teams that will demand a full season commitment — but rather second and third tier teams who can spend a little to rent a star.
Parker also said he and Joakim Noah will play for France this summer at EuroBasket, where Olympic qualifying for the 2012 games in London takes place. While there are questions about insurance for NBA players (who are currently without) Parker said that issue is not as serious as it has been made out to be.
- Report: Phil Jackson’s camp doesn’t believe agreement with Knicks is close 2
- PBT Extra: Can Phil Jackson help right the ship in New York? 12
- Phil Jackson reportedly close to taking Knicks job, nobody asked Carmelo about it 35
- PBT Power Rankings: Tell me again how the Spurs are too old…. 11
- Sunday NBA grades: All hail the unstoppable Jodie Meeks 14