Tony Parker isn’t ready to step away from basketball any time soon. Not internationally, at least.
Parker aims to play for France at the next Olympics, should the nation qualify, he reiterated to French website 76actu. Parker had said after France finished sixth in London that he would try for 2016.
The San Antonio Spurs guard would be 34 come the Rio Games. He led France with 15.7 points per game to a deceiving quarterfinal exit at the 2012 Olympics.
France could have easily been the third best team in London. Its only losses were to the gold and silver medalists, the U.S. and Spain.
It marked Parker’s Olympic debut. France hadn’t played in the Olympics since 2000, when it won silver.
Parker could be the veteran leader on a potential 2016 France team with rising Portland Trail Blazers swingman Nicolas Batum and Washington Wizards power forward Kevin Seraphin perhaps taking on bigger roles.
Parker and Batum are on France’s roster for EuroBasket in September. The nation fell to Spain in the 2011 final of the tournament which crowns the champion of Europe.
There’s also Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who missed the 2012 Olympics with an ankle injury and will be 31 come Rio and is not on the EuroBasket roster.
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Basketball reporter Craig Sager will miss the Rio Games as he returns to a cancer center to continue his battle against acute myeloid leukemia, NBC announced in a statement Thursday.
Sager was set to cover his fifth straight Olympics for NBC, but instead needs to undergo a third bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He resumed receiving chemotherapy on Wednesday, according to the Houston Chronicle, with the goal being to force the disease into remission so the transplant can be performed next month.
“We’ve known since February we would have to have the third transplant,” Sager told the Chronicle. “We tried to delay it until after the Olympics, but (the disease) is very aggressive, and there is a sense of urgency to do it now.”
Sager was diagnosed in 2014, went into remission after a bone marrow transplant, was told the cancer came back in March 2015, underwent a second transplant last year, and then found out in February he was no longer in remission.
“My body isn’t getting stronger, so they want to do it while I’m strong enough,” Sager said. “Third transplants are kind of rare, so hopefully we will get it done and I’ll be ready in time for (NBA) opening night.”
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NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram will team up to provide video highlights and interviews on social media daily during the Rio Olympics.
An on-site “Social Command Center” in Rio will capture Facebook Live content, including interviews with athletes and NBC Olympics commentators.
A daily two-minute recap video will be produced for Facebook, while Instagram will have a daily slow-motion video around an inspiring moment.
Instagram will also feature NBC Olympics commentators and athletes on its own account, @instagram, along with highlights of NBC videos through its Search & Explore video channels.
More on the NBC Olympics, Facebook and Instagram partnerships is here.
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