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Tony Parker Helps Lead France To Rio

Apr 5, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) dribbles the ball during the second half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. San Antonio won 88-86. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2016; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) dribbles the ball during the second half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. San Antonio won 88-86. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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Looks as if Tony Parker’s dream of completing his career with the French national team in the Olympic Games is coming true.

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On Saturday, Parker helped lead France over Canada 83-74 in the final of the pre-Olympic tournament of Manila. France became the last of the 12 teams to qualify to the Olympic tournament in Rio.

Parker was magnificent in the win as he sliced his way into the lane on numerous plays to get to the rim and finish. His performance in the final game looked like the Parker that Spurs fans have grown to love. Everything seemed to work for Parker. He utilized his penetration ability and court-vision to his disposal. Canadian defenders did not have an answer for Parker. He finished with 26 points and four assists in the win.

In the final quarter, the captain put his team on his back as he had a scoring output in the final quarter to remember as he scored 15.  Former San Antonio Spurs guard Nando De Colo–whom was named Most Valuable Player- added 22 points and five assists, while Corey Joseph-another former Spurs guard-scored 20 points for Canada.

Team France has never won a medal before, but reached sixth place in 2012 with Parker starting at point guard.

For Parker, nothing is going to stop him from capping off a chance to represent his country before he hangs up his uniform in FIBA. It’s hard to image that he has grown and gotten to the point in his career where he’s starting to slow down, but that day eventually comes for every athlete.

It’s my last one, that’s for sure.. Sometimes, I want to stay home with the kids, and the wife being pregnant. I had a great conversation with my wife. We understand it’s the last one, so let’s do it, let’s try to get a medal and finish on a great note.

Parker and Team France are grouped with USA, Venezuela, Serbia, China and Australia in Rio after the tournament’s draw was completed in Manila on Sunday.

We have now completed the official Draw of the #Rio2016 Men’s Olympic #Basketball Tournament! pic.twitter.com/6eEYcbVBab

— FIBA (@FIBA) July 10, 2016

Parker having a chip on his shoulder would really like to cap of his international career with winning a medal for France, gold of course is the goal, but at this point, any medal would surely cap off what has been a great international career for Parker.

Next: Tony Parker's Last Tournament

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