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Tony Parker to skip FIBA World Championships following title run

Jun 18, 2014, 1:34 AM EDT

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Tony Parker talked during the Finals about not seemingly have had time off in four years — he plays for the Spurs from the fall through the spring, then for France every summer.

Not this summer, Parker is taking some time off. He thinks he’s earned a vacation.

The biggest star in France, who led his team to its first European championship last summer, is going to sit out the FIBA World Cup in Spain late this summer, according to the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) via Reuters.

“Tony Parker is not in the squad. (Coach) Vincent Collet and I want him to take some rest after many demanding campaigns with France and demanding seasons with his club,” the national technical director Patrick Beesley said in a statement.

Parker has gone to back-to-back NBA Finals with the Spurs (he played 91 games this year, regular season and playoffs) and, as mentioned, has played for France during his summers off.

This will make Gregg Popovich happy. He’s big on the whole rest thing.

Manu Ginobili has yet to decide if he will play for Argentina in the tournament. Kawhi Leonard has been invited to try out for Team USA, and his game certainly would fit the squad, but that is a deep pool of talent and it is possible he does not make it. Boris Diaw could play for the French team.

  1. savvybynature - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Great news! As a Spurs and Manu fan, I hope he follows suit, but I can never be mad at these guys for wanting to represent their countries.
    Hopefully the Spurs will stay pretty healthy next season too, and get a chance to repeat.

  2. kavika6 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    He got his national team there. Let’s see what they can do without him.

    Getting ready for a Spurs repeat.

    • azarkhan - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Please don’t predict a Spurs repeat. You sound like that silly Miami Heat fan anti-intelligent.

  3. zacksdad - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Let me see, Rose takes the whole NBA season off and wants to play summer ball. Parker worries about NBA rings and summer ball is secondary.

    OK, go with the thumbs down about how Rose is hurt. But the last two years he could have come back for the playoffs and tried for a ring, but he wants that FIBA World Cup ring first I guess.

    • basketballhooper1 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      He already has that FIBA ring from 2010 though haha, but good point nonetheless. I’d prefer him sitting out FIBA now and not risking any injury for the NBA season.

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