Tony Parker missed the chance to play for his country this summer with a broken finger holding him out of the World Cup in August, but he does not miss the chance to play home fans in two cities. Now the San Antonio Spurs guard has the opportunity to play in his home country.
The Spurs is one of the four NBA teams in France, and part of the semifinals in overseas countries spend the NBA Europe Live tour. Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns joined the Spurs in Europe to get started earlier, even if it meant they were far away from home. The other NBA opened only home training camps. The 76ers Barcelona, the Clippers of Moscow and the days of Treviso, Italy and Rome.
Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns later travel to Cologne, Germany, as the most important event of the entire trip. a two-day tournament, which includes CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv, which was last year the Euroleague's top two. The last event was heavily pushed by the NBA, they are called the "most ambitious international initiative" because they have many marketing and promotional activities.
I think we can all conclude that this post-public road is more than a preparatory preparation, as basketball has become such a global game. The bigger the challenge for players is that it's like the 13 time zones. They will be slow later and will play two very tough teams. But ultimately, the NBA hopes that the teams will accomplish what they want, and in this process it is worth taking advantage of the way for players to get a little culture.