Tony Parker Will Play in France Before China Any Day

LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 Tony Parker of France during the London Prepares Series match between France and Australia at the Basketball Arena on August 17, 2011 in London, England. (Getty Images)more pics » Tony Parker (Getty Images) With the future of the 2011-2012 NBA season in limbo thanks to an ongoing lockout, the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is considering backup plans. The 29-year-old point guard revealed this week that if he can't play with the Spurs this year, then he'll most likely return to his homeland.

"If I play [abroad], I will definitely play in France, for my fans, for my team, ASVEL."

Parker is a part owner of the ASVEL French League team, where he played two seasons before he was drafted to the spurs in 2001.

Though Parker acknowledged he could make a lot of money in China, he explained to ESPN.com, "For me, it's more an emotional decision. It's not enough for me to just play for the money, stuff like that, because I am a student of the game. I am passionate about the game. It would be great for my family, my friends, to see me in France."

"I don't want to close any doors and my agent has talked a little bit [about playing in China], but it looks like China is not going to happen for any players. We definitely had some talks, just nothing serious."

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  • Tony Parker in LOCOG Test Events for London 2012
  • Tony Parker in LOCOG Test Events for London 2012
  • Tony Parker in LOCOG Test Events for London 2012
  • Tony Parker in LOCOG Test Events for London 2012
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