NBA All Star Game 2013 Is Ready For Liftoff The 2013 NBA All Star game in Houston promises to be an exciting showcase of individual basketball skills and talent, featuring some of the game’s top caliber players. The line ups for both the Western conference and Eastern conference teams have already been announced, and Tony Parker of France is one particular player selected to play in the annual All Star game. Parker, who is appearing on his second consecutive and fifth all star game, has been one of the best point guards in the game today. The French guard, who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs, has been having a great season. He’s been scoring the ball with incredible efficiency and is the key in directing the Spurs offense, currently pushing his team atop the Western Conference standings. Among the many achievements that Parker has in his career, winning the NBA championship 3 times and earning the nod as the 2007 Finals MVP certainly stand out. He has also represented France in many international basketball competitions since 1997, together with other notable French players playing in the NBA like Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw, and Rony Turiaf, proving a point that France can be considered as one of basketball’s top teams in the world today.
France is also considered to be one of the world’s favorite tourist destinations, and the city of Paris its most famous city. “La Ville Lumiere” (The City of Lights) as it is commonly referred to, it is home to several popular destinations like hotels and casinos. Just like basketball, poker is a great favorite in France, and Paris is known for its elegant rooms. Aviation Club de France, founded in 1907, has hosted some of the most prestigious poker tournaments, attracting the world’s best players. The game of poker experienced a boom at the beginning of the 21st century largely because of the introduction of online poker sites like www.partypoker.fr. One just needs to sign up on the partypoker website and they can play the game of poker in the comfort of their own home. And for those who may wish to bring the game with them wherever they are, there is also a flash game app available for download, making it even more convenient to enjoy the game.
Basketball has truly evolved from an American centric game to a truly international one. Players like former NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, brothers Pau and Marc Gasol of Spain, Argentina’s Manu Ginobli, Yao Ming of China, and France’s Tony Parker have proven that international players coming into the NBA can also make a name for themselves and represent their countries very well. Most of the names mentioned have already won NBA World championships, aside from winning in major international competitions like the Olympics and the FIBA World Championships. The All Star game in Houston could very well be the venue for France’s Tony Parker to outshine his counterparts and prove that he is at par with the NBA elite.