Now available online at YouTube and DailyMotion – not to mention embedded below – is episode three of the short documentary series “On the Road to London” featuring Team France in the runup to the 2012 Olympics.
Le troisième épisode is entitled “La Star,” which might perhaps be best translated as “Tony Parker: The Love Fest.” In a six-minute cruise through Parker’s career lots of praises are sung for the Spur, kicked off with a few telling shots of San Antonio for appropriate atmosphere.
While Nicolas Batum and Ronny Turiaf are predictably effusive about having a true NBA superstar leading Les Bleus – the former correctly assesses that “we won the silver medal [at EuroBasket 2011] mainly because of him” – the bon mots worth watching for are kicked in by all-time great French athletes Zinedine Zidane and Yannick Noah.
On the negative side, BallinEurope notes the disappointing paucity of NBA, Eurocup, LNB or international tournament footage. If you don’t look away for too long, however, you’ll catch a sliver of action from Tony at the 2000 Nike Hoop Summit.
The video’s best quote, in BiE’s opinion, comes from Parker himself: “Playing with Asvel felt like a Beatles tour.”
Episode four of the “On the Road to London” series is due for Thursday release; Vincent Collet gets the spotlight in “Le Coach.”
O, and to make up for the mostly clipless video above, below is a frankly awesome compilation of San Antonio Spurs stuff that could only be called “Ultimate Tony Parker Mix.”