These were supposed to be Tony Parker's Olympics. He was supposed to be the host, in Paris, his name in lights in the City of Light.

Instead, he's teasingly close to his homeland, leading a splintered French team, knowing these will likely be his only Olympics.

But he walked along the Thames Thursday night seemingly OK with that, and what happened last month had something to do with this.

Parker thinks sitting in the dark for a week may have changed the way he sees things.