NBA’s San Antonio Spurs superstar Tony Parker landed in Manila on Saturday to make the most out of his final year in playing for the France National Basketball Team in the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers 2016 set to commence in the Mall of Asia Arena this week.
Parker, together with his fellow French representatives, have been eyeing to take home the prestigious FIBA Olympics trophy and to do so, they should clinch a slot in the qualifying tournament hosted by the Philippines.
“We are trying to achieve a goal, to play and qualify for the Olympics”, the Spurs star guard shared when asked what his utmost agenda is.
More so, the French dribbler admitted that this would be his final year in hoisting the French flag loud and proud in the Olympic basketball platform.
“This would be my last time playing for the national team, and I’ve been enjoying every moment, playing for France alongside my teammates”, Parker added.
The four-time NBA titlist has also imparted to the Philippine press his thoughts on the recently-concluded NBA Season.
How has he been doing with the San Antonio Spurs as time goes by?
“I’ve been with the team for a long time. We just do what we have to do, to win the NBA championship as much as we can. Pressure? It’s just there every game. But let’s see what happens next Season”, the superstar added.
And with the San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Poppovich?
“I’ve been with Coach Popp for 15 years. He has taught me a lot of things. He was the one who has pushed me in playing well before”.
The PEAK endorser also said that he’s looking forward to play for the next five or six years with the Spurs in the NBA.
“I’ve always been a hundred percent in playing for the Spurs. I’m looking to play for San Antonio for five or more years”, Parker then continued.
Another agenda that Parker has in visiting the Philippines is to promote his endorsement PEAK to the Filipinos.
“I’m happy with how PEAK is growing worldwide, and I was given the opportunity to extend my agreement with the product, so I’m really happy with it”, the San Antonio Spurs front-liner said.
In a hall room filled with mostly Filipinos during the session, Tony Parker confidently declared his ultimate goal in being here in the Philippes: To beat the Gilas Pilipinas team and qualify for the FIBA Olympics 2016 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
“We will win and qualify for the FIBA Olympics”, he started.
“Oh yes, the Philippines is a very friendly and welcoming country. But I’m sorry, we will beat you”, the French representative ended with a big smile to the Filipino press.
The France National Basketball Team is set to face the Gilas Pilipinas Basketball Team firsthand at the Mall of Asia Arena