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Tony Parker may skip 2014 World Cup in Spain

Sep 22, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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Tony Parker is why France is playing for the European championship on Sunday. He has been the best player in the tournament and dropped 32 on Spain in the semifinals to carry France to the overtime upset.

But he may be skipping the 2014 World Championships.

Parker’s is out next summer to catch is breath, Parker’s father told the French Journal du Dimanche (via Basket USA) on the eve of Parker and France trying to win it’s first European title ever. The reason is Parker will want to focus on the 2015 European Olympic qualifying and the 2016 Olympics, according to the report.

Parker previously at told France 2 that he would not play with the French national team after the Rio Olympics in 2016, according to the same report.

Parker taking a summer off and getting some rest will make Gregg Popovich happy. The Spurs went seven games into the Finals last year followed by a long summer for Parker, who is as crucial to the Spurs success as he is to France’s. If he’s tired, the Spurs are slowed. Of course, count on Popovich giving Parker plenty of rest, especially if he can piss off David Stern while doing it.

Parker is 31, still not old and with a few quality years ahead of him. The Spurs have this season and next with their core of Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili together. After that Parker could be moved (or allowed to walk) as the Spurs rebuild some around Kwahi Leonard. But if they are to make a run again in these next two years, they need everyone rested and healthy.

Especially Parker.

  1. hildezero - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    “Tony Parker may skip 2014 World Cup in Spain”

    This tournament is not called, “World Cup”. It’s called, “World Championships”.

    • babb1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      FYI, starting with next year it actually will be called World Cup.

  2. footballer4ever - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    2014 Football World Cup is also being held in Brazil.

    • coasttocoast12 - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      It’s not in 2014 but the next Olympics will be held in Brazil as well.

  3. hildezero - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Yeah, that’s what I mean. This writer is a knucklehead for calling the FIBA World Championships, “World Cup”. The World Cup is a completely different tournament.

    • babb1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Maybe YOU’re the knucklehead since you’re talking without knowing the facts. In 2014, in fact, the tournament is going to be re-branded as “Basketball World Cup”. Google it. There are several sports whose main international event is called “World Cup”, not just soccer but I don’t expect the average commenter on this site to be knowledgeable enough to know about it. Rugby is one, for instance. So why not basketball?

  4. cj1403 - Sep 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    It used to be named World Championships but FIBA changed the name to World Cup to capitalize on the popularity of Soccer’s World Cup.

    • babb1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Other sports use the name World Cup, too. The rugby World Cup is one. So I don’t see the big fuss some people are making over FIBA’s decision.

  5. footballer4ever - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Well, in that case it only compliments The FIFA Football World Cup tournament that another sport wants to call it the same for their sport.

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