Parker to Olympics after OK from Spurs
All-Star point guard Tony Parker has been cleared to play in the London Olympics later this month.
The French national said on his social media sites Friday he had received clearance from Spurs coach Greg Popovich and other team officials to play in the games after suffering an eye injury last month.
Parker’s post said, “I just arrived in Paris with good news. I’m going to the Olympics!!! I’m really happy I got the green light from Spurs!! Thank you Pop!! Now, towards London with beautiful glasses!!!.”
France opens play in the Olympics on July 29 against the USA.
Parker suffered a left eye injury during a celebrated nightclub fight last month. He was worried it might keep him from playing in the Olympics.
Parker has sued the owners of the nightclub for $20 million for allowing the incident to escalate.
He had to have surgery after suffering a lacerated left eye. A piece of glass penetrated “99 percent” of the tissue, he said in a Q&A on his blog, adding the Spurs were worried about his long-term career.
The French Basketball Federation said in a statement that Parker was given clearance by Popovich.
“The two ophthalmologists (from the Spurs) confirmed the opinion of the French doctor who operated on Tony Parker, and the two Swiss specialists who also examined the player last Thursday, and indicated that he can resume playing,” the statement read.
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