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Tony Parker Hoops It Up

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Jul. 7 2008, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

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calls me pegged to NBA Live 2009. I’m told he’ll talk about sports and life with his own personal Desperate Housewife, Eva Longoria.

The 26-year-old French export is on the cover of the Xbox game.

“I feel more like it’s a great honor,” the San Antonio Spurs superstar tells me. “It’s a great honor for me to be on the cover of a game, especially coming from Europe and being the first European on the cover. It makes me very happy.” He continues, “Growing up, I played that game all the time. That was the only way. In France, we try to have an NBA experience besides watching the game at 3 in the morning. I’m very excited and I can’t wait to start. It’s the best basketball game you can have. It’s the game that’s closest to what’s happening in real life.”

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How does wife of one year Eva support him in his basketball career?

“She’s been great.”

In his free time, Tony tells me he likes to do “nothing. I like to stay home and spend time with my wife.”

And, his biggest splurge?

“Biggest what? What’s splurge?”

I explain.

“Something for Eva.”

Hm, like what?

“A lot of stuff.”

After a few more questions get lost in translation, I ask him what more he hopes to accomplish.

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“Winning more championships,” he tells me.

We’ll be rooting for you, Tony.

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