Parker insured, will join France for EuroBasket

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has been vocal in stating that he would not play with the French Naitonal Team if he wasn’t insured.

Tony ParkerThat appears to no longer be an issue as, according to a report on FIBA.com (via SBNation), France has obtained insurance for its NBA players, including Parker.

Lockout or no lockout - the French will have their NBA players at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

The country’s basketball federation (FFBB) announced early Tuesday evening that it has obtained insurance for its NBA players.

“Even before the formalization of the NBA lockout on July 1, 2011, the French Basketball Federation began working on insurance contracts of employment of selected players, in particular by proposing a pooling of insurance for all the federations concerned,” an FFBB statement said.

“To this day, and thanks to this French initiative, the coverage of the players is finalized.”

With that issue out of the way, Les Bleus should be carrying a full roster when they start Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania on August 31.

Parker and France will be looking for an Olympic bid, and the services of their NBA players wil definitely help them in that regard.

With Parker and Tiago Splitter insured, Manu Ginobili is the only other Spurs player that has yet to be insured for international play.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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