TONY Parker and Steve Nash cross paths again, this time with an Olympic berth at stake.
Parker and France battle Canada, a team in which Nash is manager, on Sunday in the finals of the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila for the last remaining slot in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
Nash and Parker had clashed many times in the past when the Canadian was still active playing in the NBA especially while with Dallas and Phoenix, respectively.
But Nash has had little success beating Parker, who has won four championships with the San Antonio Spurs.
Asked if he had the chance to meet up with Nash while playing here in the qualifier, Parker said the two of them managed to talk for a short while. The French even noted how fit his Canadian counterpart still is even now that he's been retired for two years.
“I saw Steve. We talked a little bit, and I’m very happy that he is here,” Parker said. “He looks in shape, he looks great.”
“I know he has high expectations for Canada.”
Nash also wishes Parker well, saying he’s been friends with the Frenchman along with teammate Boris Diaw, with whom the two-time NBA MVP played during his stint with the Suns
“I’m very good friends with both Boris and Tony, and I have a lot of respect for them as players and people,” said the Canadian team manager.
“They’re the favorites,” he said of Les Bleus.
“For us, we’re looking at the opportunity to play them hopefully. That’s all we can ask for as an opportunity. I would be obviously proud of our guys to play against two great players that represented their country for a long time and accomplished so much."
France and Canada arranged their finals showdown after disposing New Zealand and Turkey in the knockout semifinals phase.
The final game is set 9 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena.