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Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will not play for France in this summer's World Cup of Basketball. "It wouldn't be fair first of all, for my teammates, to even think about anything past today," Noah told ESPNChicago.com after Wednesday's shootaround. "When the French people ask me about [playing], it's hard to predict what's going to happen next year, or in two years. I live my life day to day, and I feel like the NBA season is, it's brutal. To play all year, I think it's something that is too much for me. So definitely not this year." ESPN.com

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Tony Parker confirmed to TP Show (via Catch-and-Shoot) that Livio Jean-Charles will remain with ASVEL Villeurbanne next season. The guard missed the entire season due to a knee injury and will return next summer. Jean-Charles has been selected by the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Draft with the 28th overall pick. "I have already talked with the Spurs" said Parker. "He will stay with ASVEL next season. They believe he will have a breakout season" added Parker. Sportando

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San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker has now become the majority share holder in French club ASVEL according to French site L’Equipe. Parker, who served as the team’s Vice President of Basketball Operations, will take the helm of the team in May where he will become the club’s President after acquiring a majority of the shares. “I decided to buy the whole club. Now I’m the majority shareholder and from the end of May I will be president of the Asvel “said Parker. ProjectSpurs.com

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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." FIBA.com

For the first time since entering the league, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is considering giving his body a rest over the summer rather than playing for the France national team. It’s a tough decision he’s facing in possibly sitting out the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this upcoming summer. Though, it’s a decision he won’t make until the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season. “I haven’t had a summer where I’ve been able to just rest and relax for a long time,” Batum told CSNNW.com. “It’s something that I’ll have to think about, but I won’t decide until after the season is over.” CSNNW.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

French Website BFMT, stated when Tony Parker was on the TP Show on RMC, he stated that he is targetting six or seven more years in the NBA. "I always said I'd like to do the final year of my career in France, but I still want to play a long time in the NBA for six-seven years," Tony Parker announced. "I would like to have a long career. I feel good physically. I love basketball, I'm passionate. I want to play as long as possible." ProjectSpurs.com

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Johan Petro is officially a new player of Limoges. The French big man returns to his home country after his NBA experience. Petro has played 473 games in NBA averaging 4.7ppg and 3.9rpg. Sportando

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Johan Petro is set to return to France. The French big man will likely pen the deal with Limoges early next week. Petro has a long NBA experience and started the season in China leaving the team a few weeks ago. Petro won Eurobasket 2013 with French National Team. Sportando

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