San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker could miss the Olympics because of the expected birth of his second son. Parker told French radio station RMC that his wife is due at the end of July, shortly after France’s Olympic qualifying tournament from July 4-10. The Olympic basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro will be held from Aug. 6-21.
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.
The Jazz held a moment of silence and performed the French national anthem before Wednesday’s game as a tribute to last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who’s from Saint-Quentin, France, has appreciated the love and support his country has received across the Atlantic. “I appreciate it. The French people really appreciate it and appreciate the support everybody has shown,” Gobert said at Wednesday’s shootaround. “All of the country is a little bit shocked.”