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Tony Parker says he's not retiring after 2016 Olympics

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Tony Parker will play beyond 2016, he says.   (USATSI)
Tony Parker will play beyond 2016, he says. (USATSI)

Tony Parker has a lot of miles on him: 919 regular season games, 173 postseason appearances. He turns 32 this spring, and there has been speculation that after the 2016 Olympics in Rio with Team France, Parker could walk away from the game. On Wednesday, Parker refuted that idea.

Parker has had the benefit of playing with Gregg Popovich who has always put his star's health over individual wins. He'll see more and more breaks in his schedule, just as Tim Duncan has as he's gotten older. Additionally, Parker's game is well-suited to adjust to a declining athleticism. He's more quick than fast, more agile than explosive. His hesitation dribble creates opportunities with the dynamics of the move, not necessarily with the actual burst when he releases.

No, Parker could decide to finish his career in France, but as long as he wants to play for the Spurs, they'll have him. Looks like Parker's going to be flipping in layups for us a while longer.

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