When young Etienne (probably) missed his long-range try during last Thursday's charity event to benefit Boris Diaw's Babac'Ards organization, it seemed that all was lost; now he'd never get that new watch to properly accent and compliment his giant T-shirt. Luckily, though, Diaw's teammate with the San Antonio Spurs and the French national squad, Tony Parker, was there. Luckier still, Parker hasn't lost the touch that helped push Team San Antonio to a win in the 2006 RadioShack Shooting Stars Competition at All-Star Weekend.
The daylong event in Bordeaux, France, which included the finals of a 3-on-3 tournament featuring local ballplayers, as well as an exhibition game pitting a "Friends of Boris" team that featured French NBA players/Olympians Parker, Ronny Turiaf and Nicolas Batum against JSA Bordeaux, the French Second Division pro hoops team of which Diaw is the president and with which he played during the 2011 NBA lockout. Proceeds from the event went toward Babac'Ards, a charity founded by Diaw (its name is a play on Diaw's middle name, Babacar) to foster programs aimed educating French youth about environmental issues, civic responsibilities, preventive health care, gender equality and more. Seems like a pretty chill thing to raise money for, and that's even before they give watches away to kids. (Just so long as, y'know, that's not where most of the money goes, I guess.)
Mostly, it's just nice to see Parker hit a jumper. After shooting just 40.7 percent for France during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, including a bad-taste-leaving 6-for-20 from the floor in France's quarterfinal loss to Spain, seeing a J (even a long, impractical one) splash through for TP — and on the first try, no less! — had to be a sight for sore Spurs fans' eyes.
Hat-tip to Air Alamo.