Tony Parker visited ASVEL, still isn’t satisfied

By Quixem Ramirez

Mar 17, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; NBA referee Brian Forte (left) explains a call to San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Spurs 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

The tensions are steadily rising between Tony Parker and ASVEL Villeurbanne. It has been two weeks since Parker made his frustrations public. Things have cooled down since then but that does not mean Parker will be anymore likely to stay long-term with the club.

It does not seem likely that Parker will stay put, especially since the arena project has taken nearly four years and does not look close to completion, but he said he will assess his options in an interview with the French site Le Progress.

He added that it was not his intention to create problems. His main problem stems from the fact that he is frustrated at the potential they are squandering the longer the hold off on a new stadium.

“We’ll see,” Parker said. “For now, I’m still here … Anyway, I’m not going to decide overnight. I’ll take my time and thoroughly analyze all situations. Because here, I have a story. It’s been three and a half years I’ve been here, I’ve played … Last year, I spent great moments with the public Villeurbanne and my family. We have always been very well received and it is clear that, that I take it into account.”

Parker also criticized recent addition Chace Stanbak, adding that he is “null” and ASVEL could have found a better point guard. He even went as far as to criticize scout Bob Sudre for recommending Stanbak.

Again, this doesn’t mean Parker is definitively on his way out but this can’t be a good thing for the ASVEL brass.