Tony Parker to Play in France in Case of Season-Long Lockout

by July 11, 2011

Not too surprisingly, TP has plans to hoop in France (where he played professionally for 4 seasons prior to joining the San Antonio Spurs) during the NBA’s lockout. From BasketUSA (via SB Nation): “On the lockout, Parker said that it ‘is a problem of rich,’ apparently intimating that the owners are at fault despite his signing a four-year, $50 million extension with the Spurs last fall. This isn’t exactly a surprising stance, however, as there’s no reason for him to blame his fellow players for the problems keeping the NBA from playing next season. If the NBA doesn’t play next season, or at least if the lockout lasts into 2012, Parker plans to give a big boost to ASVEL — the team he part-owns and manages in France. ‘If in January-February, the NBA says the lockout will last until the end of the season, I will come to France, but the NBA season can start anytime — They will not say in October that the strike will last all year, it does not work like that,’ Parker said. ‘But if so, I’d head over to the ASVEL because I’m general manager and executive director.'”