Parker sees Rio as last stop of FIBA career

In what could be bad news to San Antonio Spurs fans, as Manu Ginobili has talked about London Tony Parkerpossibly being his last time playing with the Argentina national team, his backcourt-mate Tony Parker says he's not done yet, and has marked the Rio Olympics on his calendar for what could be his last time playing with Les Bleus.

According to French site Europe1, Parker is extending his international career in hopes of winning gold.

"I am motivated to get back on a four-year cycle. I have always said that Rio would be my last competition with the French team and I hope to finish in style over there," said the playmaker from the San Antonio Spurs, at age 30. "Of the three, four years, there are beautiful things to do. The mood is too good about this team. Very next day there was already talk of next year (Euro 2013 in Slovenia). I will continue to have this fire to play for France and try to win a title before the end of my career. "

France would likely still be a medal contender, especially with the possible addition of Evan Fournier and with Joakim Noah likely making his way back.

Even with the loss to Spain, France still had an impressive Olympics run, which included a win over Argentina, who faces the United States in the semis today. Parker also had a slow start after surgery to his eye kept him off the hardwood longer than he would've wanted so he had to work himself back into playing shape during the preliminaries.

Despite some criticism of French coach Vincent Collet, who kept his best players on the floor far too long and had them gassed at the end of the game, Parker says he and his French teammates want Cholet back. 

Parker also said he'd make sure not to be close to a nightclub around the time international competition starts in the future.

As I've said before, while many of us cringe at the thought of the Spurs' international players playing year round, especially with the chances of injury, asking Parker not to play for his country would likely be too much to ask. 

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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