Tony Parker: French Connect
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Regardless of your position on NBA Lockout issues or NBA players leaving to play internationally, you have got to love this story! Spurs superstar and NBA Finals MVP, Tony Parker, has interests in basketball that have lead him to the ownership end of the basketball business.
In the most interesting of moves, T.P. has decided to go ahead and play for his team for a salary that’s lower than the Spurs’ equipment manager’s pay. This would truly make Tony the worst paid NBA talent playing overseas, but of course I’m sure Tony is thinking big picture with the exposure and impact he makes on his sports business investment in France.
From the Associated Press:
“[Parker] will play with a French team during the NBA lockout, earning a mere $1,995 per month despite his star power on and off the basketball court.
ASVEL, which is based in Villeurbanne, near Lyon in southeast France, announced on Wednesday that Parker will play for them.
Parker told the sports daily L’Equipe that the decision is “logical.” He is vice president of the club and wants to help it advance.
The Frenchman says, “I’ll be playing nearly for free … If I play the entire season, we’ll go for the title.”