APRIL and Tony Parker: two journeys, the same story
On 1st July 2014 Tony Parker, France's favourite sporting personality, signed a 3-year deal with APRIL. A partnership with makes sense: just like APRIL, Tony Parker has managed to break with convention to establish himself as a top-level player.
I took a leap of faith by putting my name forward for the Draft at only 18 years old. At the time, people said I was getting ahead of myself, and yet I was selected on the first round. So what made the difference? Daring to push the boundaries!
Tony Parker confides.
rained in France, he left for the USA at only 19 years old having been selected by the San Antonio Spurs. He stood out right from his very first season, becoming the youngest first team point guard in the history of the NBA. A true pioneer, Tony Parker also became the first French NBA champion in 2003, at just 21 years old. 11 years later, Tony Parker has 4 NBA titles under his belt. A track record which has made him the most successful European basketball player in the history of the NBA.
His top-level achievements also extended to playing for the French national team who were crowned European champions in 2013. In recognition of his achievements and character, Tony Parker was voted France's favourite sporting personality as well as teenagers' favourite sporting personality in 2013. Over and above his sporting successes, Tony Parker is also a success story for all expatriates and a dynamic entrepreneur who has made the decision to come back to and invest in France. To support his resolutely different stance and as such appeal to his various publics, this new partnership will mainly be highlighting Tony Parker the business leader as well as Tony Parker the expatriate.
Tony Parker and APRIL have a lot in common. Just like Tony, we place trust in our operational teams. And just like APRIL staff members, Tony has been the driving force behind his own achievements
explains Bruno Rousset
Record of achievements
Tony Parker has won 149 caps for the French team and has scored 2,366 points, making an average of 15.88 points per match and a record score of 37 points.
With his team, the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker won 4 NBA titles, making him the youngest European player to become champion of an American professional league.
European junior Championship
European junior champion with the French national team
- NBA champion
- Bronze medal at the European championships with the French national team
Silver medal at the European championships with the French national team
Gold medal at the 2013 European championships with the French national team.
NBA champion for the 4th time
NBA champion for the 4th time, making him Europe’s most successful NBA basketball player