Vince Collet released France’s final roster for the 2012 Olympic games according to BallinEurope.com. Spurs fans can shed a sigh of relief because Tony Parker is on the roster, indicating that his left eye (99% of his cornea was damaged by an errant shard of glass) recovered sufficiently.
(Side note: Parker is scheduled for an eye appointment in New York City today.)
Parker will be a welcome addition to a French squad that can challenge for a gold medal with the injury bug succumbing Spain and the United States. He is their unquestioned leader and, naturally, their best player as well. Parker averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 assists and three rebounds in 14 FIBA tournaments (not including the Olympics).
Despite Joakim Noah’s absence (ankle) from the roster, France still has four players who currently play in the NBA alongside Parker — Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, Kevin Seraphin and Ronny Turiaf. Nando De Colo, who is likely to sign a contract with San Antonio, will join that list soon.
France’s first official game will be against the United States on July 29. Two days later, Parker’s French team will battle Manu Ginobili’s Argentina squad.