San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is known for his stellar court vision.
But a few weeks ago, he was caught in the middle of a New York nightclub celebrity brawl between rappers Drake and Chris Brown, took a shard of broken glass to the eye, and nearly lost his eyesight.
At first, Parker said the injury was a scratched cornea. But more medical tests showed that the piece of glass penetrated his left eye, leaving him questionable for the upcoming Summer Olympics in London
"I almost lost my eye. ... I cannot believe that happened to me a month before the Games. Every two hours, I have five different products to put in the eye," Parker said.
Parker's unknown status leaves France's national men's basketball team -- which has just one top 10 finish at the Summer Olympics since 1964 -- in limbo.
Parker is slotted to be the team's starting point guard, ahead of Frenchmen Andrew Albicy and Steed Tchicamboud, both of whom star in France's top professional league.
But without Parker, a four-time NBA All-Star, the French team will be at a serious disadvantage when facing Team USA's Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. Plus, Parker just finished a career year with the Spurs that included 18.2 points per game, a career-high 7.7 assists per game and a career-high 80% from the charity stripe.
The rest of the French roster features NBA players Joakim Noah, Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum and Kevin Seraphin. But other countries like Spain and Argentina boast rosters with several NBA stars. Losing Parker would be a devastating blow to France's chances at standing on the podium this summer.