Parker Watch Is On In France


France will have one of the most talented teams at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

The question is, will San Antonio Spurs playmaker Tony Parker be in their star-studded squad?

Parker wants to play but he has to meet with his San Antonio Spurs bosses first to discuss the possibilities.

"The national team will catch up with me quickly since the Spurs staff wants to meet me soon to talk about this summer," he said on his official website,

"We'll know more this week. I don't know what the Spurs want to do. So I can't tell what's going to happen."

If Parker doesn't play, the French will still have a terrific backcourt with a host of other outstanding talents poised to play at a FIBA World Championship for the first time.

Dallas Mavericks rookie Rodrigue Beaubois is one guard that could take the tournament by storm.

A former player at Cholet, the 22-year-old Beaubois put his incredible talent on display on numerous occasions this year with Dallas, including on March 27 when he scored 40 points in a victory over Golden State.

He ended up shooting 40.9% (45 for 110) from three-point range on the season.

Power Electronics Valencia's Nando De Colo and Le Mans' Antoine Diot, members of last year's French squad at the EuroBasket in Poland, are two others champing at the bit to represent Les Bleus.

Parker and the Spurs appeared to be primed for a run at another NBA title after they beat Dallas in the first round of the Western Conference play-offs.

Their season ended, though, after a 4-0 sweep by Phoenix in the semi-finals.

Parker, who missed a lot of games this year with San Antonio because of injuries but returned to fitness and played well late in the campaign, said: "I'm going to take some rest in San Antonio.

"I need to cut (the load) to get back on my feet.

"We'll go on vacation at the end of June and right after that, I'll go to my summer camp in F├ęcamp."

France will take on Spain, Lithuania, New Zealand, Canada and Lebanon in Group D Preliminary Round games at the FIBA World Championship.


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