The France guard needed one more point to surpass the mark of 1030 total points, which he tied for with Nikos Galis in Sunday's 81-54 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. He duly moved past the legend with 16 points as France picked up their third win in as many days, holding off Poland 69-66.
"You don't think of that when you start. You have all the names, guys like (Toni) Kukoc, (Drazen) Petrovic who stood out in European basketball. It's bizarre to think of someone from France being near number one."
Galis, part of the Greek side that won the EuroBasket title in 1987, featured in 33 Final Round games during his career. Parker, who led Les Bleus to the championship in 2013, has now played 62 EuroBasket Final Round ties amid 150 appearances for the national side since his debut in 2000. And with four NBA titles on top, the San Antonio Spurs guard's legacy is secure.
"Tony is everything for this team," praised long-time team-mate Mickael Gelabale. "When he's not here, we have to give a little bit more. The coach gives a little bit more. How he changes the game is huge, even in practice. You can see the difference he makes.
"Year after year, you've seen him grow up. He's now a father. He's not quite as cool but he's more mature. With his son now, he doesn't have time to waste. He's coming to get something done. He'd prefer to be with his son, sure, but this is really special."