Tony Parker will not represent his country in Eurobasket 2009 qualifying games later this year. 2006-2007 NBA Finals MVP also missed Eurobasket 2005 qualifying campaign. Boris Diaw of Phoenix Suns and Ronny Turiaf of Lakers are also in doubt. The club doesn't want Diaw to play after the season ends. While Turiaf's decision depends on wether he has a contract or not.
Michel Gomez, the new coach of French national team, has alternative choices from a number of players that are playing at a high level. Johan Petro and Mickael Gelabale play for Seattle Sonics, Yakhouba Diawara at Denver Nuggets, Mickael Pietrus at Golden State Warriors and Ian Mahinmi of San Antonio Spurs. Among players that play in Europe Frederic Weis of Bilbao, Florent Pietrus of Estudiantes, Nicolas Batum of Le Mans, Tariq Kirksay of Unics Kazan can be mentioned as the top names.