Tony Parker available for France, thanks wife for 'big sacrifice'

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Monday, February 8, 2016

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker said he has found an arrangement with his wife that will allow him to participate in France's Olympic qualifying tournament this summer.

Parker had raised the possibility of missing the tournament from July 4-10 and the Olympics -- if France qualified -- because of the expected birth of his second son in July.

But Parker told L'Equipe newspaper Monday that he will be available for both events, saying: "I will be at the Olympics if we qualify.''

Parker said his wife is making a "big sacrifice'' by letting him go and has warned him he "should better bring a medal back home.''

The Olympic basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro will be held from Aug. 6-21.