The French National team announced on Tuesday that San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Boris Diaw will miss the start of the teams training camp June 10 in Pau, France.
Diaw will join the team on June 13 while Parker will join June 19, according to Team France. Injuries are not the factor of both players not being there at the start of training camp, but rather giving the players rest due to French players having their season extended with the NBA postseason.
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Take note that both Parker and Diaw will be available to play in Team France exhibition games. The first is June 16 against Latvia. In July, the two will suit up for the Olympic qualifier in Manila scheduled for July 5-10.
Parker and Diaw are great friends off the court as they are on. Both have played alongside each other since they were young.
In 2000, Parker and Diaw led a team of underdogs against heavily-favored Croatia in the Under 18 European championship. In the final seconds of an extended game, Diaw made a huge block and France took possession, trailing by one and would later win in double-overtime.
The success that they had back then as well as overcoming odds has transferred into their games in the NBA. It is unfamiliar to have two friends who have grown up playing alongside throughout their childhood to playing on the same team in the NBA.
It’s a strong bond between two players that are great in their own right. San Antonio fans have been lucky to see both grow into great men as well as competitors.