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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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The world’s best known Olympic historian says it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
David Wallechinsky tells The Associated Press that “the only time the Games have been cancelled is in war — World War I and World War II. Other than that, nothing has done it.”
Wallechinsky says “it’s pretty late to move the Games, so I’m sure they’ll go forward” and open Aug. 5.
Brazil is the epicenter of the rapidly spreading mosquito-borne Zika epidemic, which is also generating rumors that South America’s first Games may be called off.
Brazil’s sports minister says that canceling the Games “is not in discussion,” and Rio organizers and the IOC have repeatedly shot down the notion it’s even being considered.
“Race,” a film about 1936 Olympic legend Jesse Owens‘ triumphs in the face of Nazi Germany, hits theaters Feb. 19.
In the above clip, Owens competes in long jump qualifying after receiving a tip from fellow jumper German Luz Long to avoid fouling on his last attempt to advance to the final.
Owens would then beat Long in the final, though the pair forged a friendship.
In other clips, Owens, played by Stephan James, speaks with his Ohio State coach, Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. Watch that here.
Also, Owens discusses taking part in the Olympics amid racial prejudice in the U.S. Watch that here.
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