Tony Parker has been as busy as ever since retiring from the NBA at the end of the 2018-19 season. The former point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets has started working in financial planning at NorthRock Partners, played with fellow future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili in an exhibition game in China and turned his attention to running the French basketball team, ASVEL Basket, that he and Hornets forward Nicolas Batum own together.
The Academy, which has been in the works since July 2018, caters to students of age 15 and older, and aims to help its attendees secure “a job offer at the end of your studies with the Adéquat employment Agency integrated within the Academy,” per its website.
Tony was, himself, the product of an academy in France. As a teenager, he attended the country’s esteemed National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) before playing professionally for the club Paris Racing Basket and becoming a first-round pick of the Spurs in 2001. Tony would go on to earn six All-Star and four All-NBA selections while winning four NBA championships—including the 2007 Finals MVP—over 19 seasons in San Antonio before winding down his professional career in Charlotte. He was also integral to the French national team claiming four medals in FIBA EuroBasket competitions, including gold in Slovenia in 2013.
Basketball competition moves into a fifth day Wednesday, with both the United States women’s and men’s teams back in action. The women take on Serbia in an important Group B matchup, and the men will face an Australian team that has also won its first two group games.
Beginning the day will be a women’s matchup in Group B, as China plays Spain with the two teams tied for third place in their group on three points. China rebounded from a blowout loss to Canada in their opener with an emphatic win over Senegal, while Spain is looking to bounce back from their 40-point loss to the United States on Monday.
French basketball star Tony Parker has come under fire over pictures and video of him performing the “quenelle,” which is considered a neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic gesture derived from the Nazi salute. Criticism of Parker’s use of the gesture came a day after top French soccer player Nicolas Anelka flashed the “quenelle” to celebrate a goal in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The signal, which consists of extending one’s right hand toward the ground while the left hand grasps the shoulder, was devised by Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, a controversial French comedian who has been condemned in court several times for anti-Semitic remarks.