While many San Antonio Spurs fans are dreading the day Tim Duncan retires from the NBA, Tony Parker might be already thinking of how he will leave the game of international basketball.
And according to TP, it might be after the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
In an interview with NBA Greece, Parker was asked about playing at the NBA and FIBA levels. His response was interesting as he hinted that after playing for Team France in Brazil, he might hang up his sneakers from international ball.
I love both games, the NBA and FIBA. It is always an honor to play at these two levels and I love to represent my country and I want to go to the Olympics. I want to go to Brazil. Then retire.
Parker has been on record stating he envisions himself having a long basketball career a la Steve Nash.
However, after winning three NBA titles, an NBA Finals MVP award, a gold medal for France in Slovenia this past summer, and playing in the Olympics, Tony has nothing left to prove.
He is a future basketball Hall of Famer, and will go down as one of the greatest players in Spurs, FIBA, French basketball and NBA history.
Granted, he may have been talking tongue-in-cheek, perhaps saying should France capture gold in Brazil it would be the perfect ending to his career, but by the time the Brazil games roll around, he will be 33-years old and looking at the backend of his pro-playing career. Not to mention Duncan and Manu Ginobili might be retired by 2016 which could spur Parker to hanging it up as well.
It might not be out of the realm of possibility to see No. 9 call it a career in 2016.