Rio 2016: Parker wants five more years at Spurs after France farewell


France star Tony Parker is targeting five more years in the NBA after his international career ended with an 92-67 defeat to Spain in the Rio 2016 quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Parker, 34, helped France to EuroBasket bronze in 2005 and silver in 2011, scoring more points than any other player in the latter edition.

However, the crowning moment of his international career came in Slovenia in 2013, the point guard again top-scoring as France claimed their first EuroBasket title.

Parker had already announced his intention to step back from the international stage after the Olympics, and leaves satisfied with what he has been accomplished.

The four-time NBA champion now wants to focus on ending his Spurs career in positive fashion.

"I'm very proud of what we did with the national team, I told the Spurs and coach Pop [Gregg Popovich] that this would be my last summer [with France). I want to end my Spurs career on a high note, I want to play five more years," said Parker.

"It's just mixed feelings, I'm disappointed we lost the game, I think we could have done a lot better. Spain was just great tonight.

"We make the decision to stop Pau [Gasol] and [Nikola] Mirotic goes off [and scores 23 points], that's basketball, but at the same time I don't want to throw away what we've done the past 16 years. I tell my team, don't forget what we accomplished.

"We brought French basketball on the map. We played against a great generation of Spain, it was just a great rivalry. As a French player I'm very proud of what we did in my generation, winning all those medals.

"Especially in 2013 [when France won EuroBasket], that'll be my favourite moment because that was the first time in French basketball history we won a gold medal. It'll take some time to digest this loss, but it's not like we lost to just anybody."