Tony Parker retires from international play

Tony Parker retires from international play

Tony Parker

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tony Parker has said au revoir to France’s national team.

The star point guard for the San Antonio Spurs said following a 92-67 loss to Spain on Wednesday that he is retiring from international competition.

The 34-year-old has played in France’s program for nearly half his life and said it’s difficult to say goodbye.

Despite all his accomplishments in the NBA, Parker — the leading scorer in the EuroBasket tournament — had limited success as an international player. France didn’t qualify for the 2004 Athens Games or the 2008 Beijing Games and finished sixth in London four years ago.

France won its only Olympic medal — a silver — in 2000 when Parker wasn’t on the team.

He says he has “a lot of great memories. A lot of tough memories, but that’s sports.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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