The “TP Show” on the French RMC radio station started today with Tony Parker announcing that he is going to be father. Those are great news but he may miss the upcoming Olympic Games because of that. As he said: “Before the start of the show, I have some news to announce. My wife is pregnant and my first born son, Josh, is going to gave a baby brother. It will be complicated. The birth is expected at the end of July. We will see what will happen with the national team. I haven’t yet taken any decision. That’s big news. I have to talk withthe federation and negotiate with my wife. It will not be easy because of the timing and because of a very complicated calendar”. France before going to Rio has also to play in July in the pre-Olympic tournament in Phillipines.
Enes Kanter: Anyone who says Turkey is not even at the edge of my mind is in this way right: it’s not at the edge of my mind, it’s right in the middle of my heart! I want everyone to know that I am working as hard as I can to make our flag respected all over the world. I know that was a long answer, but this topic makes me very uncomfortable. I would like everyone in Turkey to know that I hope and pray that I will one day wear the national uniform for my country — with pride.
Kristaps Porzingis told The Post he will have a big decision on his hands soon. Three days ago, the Latvian National Team was chosen to compete in the Olympic qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia, from July 4-10 with a chance to make it to the Summer Games in Rio.
Porzingis said it will be his call. “It would be a dream come true for Latvia to make the Olympics,’’ Porzingis told The Post. “I have to make a decision. If I want to work on my game individually or play for the team. It’s different ways [of developing].’’
The FIBA Basketball Champions League will officially be launched in Paris on March 20-21 with progress being made to ensure its start date which is targeted for next season. One of the working groups of the new competition focused on the competition aspect of the league as they discussed in greater detail the allotment of spots to domestic leagues and confirmed that qualification to the league would be based on sporting merit. A draft calendar for the inaugural season (2016-17) was also drawn up.