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PARKER TAKES GAME TO NEW HEIGHTS

- Mike Cop­pinger @MikeCop­pinger USA TO­DAY Sports

Tony Parker was forced to don shades for his lat­est game of bas­ket­ball.

That’s be­cause this con­test was played 2.15 miles above sea level on the Aletsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps, where the UV rays are in­tense.

“I’m al­ways up for new chal­lenges, so when Tis­sot, my longterm part­ner, sug­gested I play a game at the top of Europe, I thought it was a great op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing ex­cep­tional,” the San An­to­nio Spurs point guard said, via EuroHoops.net. “We don’t of­ten get to play ... in such ex­treme con­di­tions.”

The 34-year-old led his French squad of ASVEL Villeur­banne play­ers against a team com­posed of Swiss Lea­guers, with breath­tak­ing views as the back­drop. It was cold — about 37 de­grees — so the play­ers wore bub­ble jack­ets un­der­neath their jer­seys.

The Spurs re­turn to the court Oct. 3 with a pre­sea­son game against the Suns in Phoenix, el­e­va­tion 1,086 feet.

 ??  ?? “We don’t of­ten get to play ... in such ex­treme con­di­tions,” Tony Parker said of Aletsch Glacier.
“We don’t of­ten get to play ... in such ex­treme con­di­tions,” Tony Parker said of Aletsch Glacier.
 ?? PHO­TOS BY MANUEL LOPEZ, EPA ?? Play­ers wore jack­ets un­der their jer­seys to com­bat the cold.
PHO­TOS BY MANUEL LOPEZ, EPA Play­ers wore jack­ets un­der their jer­seys to com­bat the cold.

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