Tony Parker will take the floor with the French National Team this summer at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila. If France earns an Olympic spot, the Spurs point guard will also commit for medal contention in Brazil.
France - with Parker facilitating the offense - finished third in EuroBasket 2015, ensuring an opportunity to play themselves into the Olympics. France will compete in Group B with New Zealand and Philippines; the first match will be played on July 5, 2016, according to FIBA.
As reported to Via L'Equipe:
Yes, I’ll be there for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and I will be in the Olympic Games if we qualify. I want to play for France."
"I’ve had many discussions with Axelle (his wife) and we agreed. We had to make the decision for us both. She knows how important it is for me. We evaluated all the situations and I’ve made my decision."
Early reports indicated that Parker was debating whether to compete over the summer as his wife is expected to give birth to their second son in July.
Despite numerous medals in European and EuroBasket championships, Parker has never won a medal at the Olympics; France has not stood on the podium in the games since 2000, in which the team earned silver.