France's Parker to rest during World Cup

PARIS Fri May 16, 2014 1:08pm EDT

May 12, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) reacts after being fouled by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half of game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

May 12, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) reacts after being fouled by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second half of game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

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PARIS (Reuters) - San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will not take part in this year's World Cup with France as he needs to rest, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) said on Friday.

Parker, a three-time NBA champion, led France to their first continental title last year and was named 2013 European Player of the year.

"Tony Parker is not in the squad. (Coach) Vincent Collet and I want him to take some rest after many demanding campaigns with France and demanding seasons with his club," the national technical director Patrick Beesley said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Parker has had a busy season in the NBA and is doubtful for Tuesday's opening match of the Western Conference final against Oklahoma City Thunder after picking up a thigh injury this week.

The World Cup will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14 in Spain.

(Reporting by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Toby Davis)

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