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French love all things Parker

Updated: October 16, 2006, 3:09 PM ET
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

PARIS -- Just how big is the Tony Parker phenomenon here in his native France?

Just ask your taxi driver as he negotiates the chronic logjam of a Paris rush hour.

What the Parisian cabbie tells you is not important. What matters is the fact that he can hold a well-informed basketball discussion with you at all.

Travel anywhere in Europe and your taxi driver will undoubtedly be a soccer expert, keen to engage you in a football debate that would do a sports talk radio jock in the ...

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