The leader of the team of France basketball Tony Parker could miss the Olympic qualifying tournament and the Rio Games (5-21 August) because of new fatherhood, he has announced during his Monday night show on RMC.
“Before starting the show, I have an announcement. My wife is pregnant and my first son Josh is going to have a little brother. It is scheduled for late July,” said the first Spurs point guard San Antonio when “TP show”.
The first son of Parker and his wife, Francine Axelle, was born in May 2014.
“We’ll have to see for Team France, added TP. I do not know yet what decision I will take. It is a new big. He’ll have to talk with the team of France. Negotiate with my woman too. It will not be easy as timing. It’s a very complicated schedule. ”
Les Bleus must play a TQO statement of July 4 to 10 in Manila(Philippines), where only the winner will pick up a ticket to the Olympics-2016.
In the first round, he will appear in an affordable chicken alongside New Zealand and the host country.It is from cross semifinals that complicate things for bronze medalists of the last European Championship. They may pass on their way Canada or Turkey, even if the two finals.
And the French do not yet know if they will have for this competition some other NBA players (Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, Boris Diaw …) to insurance problems.
Parker, 33, had hoped to end his international career in Rio in case of qualification of France.
Contacted by AFP, neither the coach Vincent Collet, neither Patrick Beesley DTN nor the President of the French Basketball Federation Jean-Pierre Siutat were not immediately available.