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Tony-Parker-10-02-2014
10/02/2014
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FRA - Player of Year Parker leaves door open on Spain 2014

SAN ANTONIO (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Tony Parker had a lot of fun in 2013, a year that saw him lead his native France to a first-ever EuroBasket title.

The San Antonio Spurs point guard, arguably the most famous player ever to wear a French shirt, was named the MVP of the tournament staged in Slovenia.

Last year has become even sweeter for the 31-year-old because he's scooped the honor as FIBA Europe Player of the Year for 2013.

Parker had a strong 2012-13 campaign with the Spurs and followed that up with a solid EuroBasket.

In the big games, no one was better.

He averaged 19 points per contest in Ljubljana, where Les Bleus played all of their games.

In a Semi-Final showdown against Spain, the nemesis of France in recent years, Parker exploded for 32 points.

He then helped France win convincingly against Lithuania in the Final.

The EuroBasket triumph was one of the great moments of his career, just as his appearance was at the 2012 London Games.

Parker had never competed at an Olympics before 2012.

There is something else that is missing from Parker's curriculum vitae (CV), and that is a medal at a FIBA World Championship.

In fact, the playmaker has never featured in the competition, although he was just days away from playing at the 2006 event in Japan when a finger injury prevented him from taking part.

He has yet to make a decision about playing at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, where France will play in Group A against the host nation, Serbia, Brazil, Iran and Egypt.

Parker is to become a father for the first time in several months and has also been carrying some knocks this season, but he is leaving the door open.

"We'll see how I feel at the end of the campaign," Parker said to lequipe.fr. "I'll make my decision at that time."

Parker's France and San Antonio teammate, Boris Diaw, is telling his buddy to play.

Diaw laughed and said to lequipe.fr: "I tell him every day he has to come, but I understand that it depends on how he feels."

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