While ASVEL will have to wait until 2019 – 2020 to play in EuroLeague, given that certain commitments are fulfilled, club president Tony Parker thinks that this wait will benefit the organization in order to be better prepared for the top-tier European competition. “We will soon represent France in Euroleague,” Parker said to French RMC Sport during the halftime of ASVEL’s French League loss to Limoges, Sunday. “I want the team to be ready in 2019-2020. I’m happy because it’s a bad thing for a good thing. We still need a year to make progress.”
Tony Parker, president of ASVEL, made it clear: the French team will play in EuroCup next season with the goal to be in EuroLeague in the next two years. Parker spoke with RMC Sport. “We have very good relations with EuroLeague. And I have already warned the French Federation and LNB that ASVEL will play in EuroCup next season. We want to play in EuroLeague in the future. France must be represented in the two best European Cups” Parker said. “I trust Jean-Pierre Siutat (French Basketball Federation president), I know how much he does for basketball. But if there is no agreement between FIBA and EuroLeague, Jean-Pierre knows that my goal is to play in EuroLeague. So, I have already told him that we’ll play in EuroCup next season.
Parker has also big plans about Asvel Villeurbanne, the French club which owns and is president. “I’d love to play four or five years in the NBA to make it to 20 seasons. After that I have already prepared my new role as full time president of ASVEL. I want to develop its academies, new players. This is also an important part of being an athlete, to think about the future.”