Tony Parker, the esteemed and reliable point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, suffered a heartbreaking loss last night to Spain in a 92-67 blowout. The French team was overwhelmed by the Spanish team’s prowess despite giving Team USA a run for their money in their previous game. Now out of the tournament and contention to win a medal, Parker finally comes to terms with his career for the national team.
Tony Parker says it was indeed his "last game" for France and that he's "not gonna change his mind like that."
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 17, 2016
This decision must be hard for Parker, as his leading efforts never yielded him a medal at any Olympic Games he has played in. He may be a 4 time NBA champion, but his international recognition will be missing accolades from history’s most popular sporting event.
Some of Parker’s decision might stem from how underwhelming the French team performed last night. His team high 14 points and 4 assists were not complemented by any other noteworthy effort for the French players, so his chances to move on in the games was left in the dust.
Additionally, Parker will be 38 years old when the next Summer Olympics takes place, so the likelihood that he will be selected for his national team let alone still playing at a professional level is uncertain. In that uncertainty, it seems Parker is certain about one thing: he will be retiring his national jersey.