Tony Parker's July 7
wedding to Eva Longoria
will be held at a castle south of Paris, he has revealed.
The couple will say "I do" at the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte
, a 17th-century castle famed for its gardens, Parker, 25, told France's Canal+ network's Le Grand Journal
The French-born San Antonio Spurs point guard
also denied reports that their wedding cake would be flown in from Los Angeles at a cost of $11,000. "You can't believe everything you read in the papers," he said with a smile.
When host Michel Denisot asked Parker, the NBA Playoffs MVP, why he'd been performing better on the court lately, he replied, "Perhaps because I'm a little more experienced, more mature ..."
"And because you're getting married?" interrupted one of the show's panelists, Ariane Massenet. "Maybe that's given you wings?"
"I'll give [Eva] a little credit," said Parker.
He also told Denisot that he would be "arriving [in France] on June 27 and she on the 30th, I think." Parker, who moonlights as a rapper
, is scheduled to perform at an outdoor concert in Marseilles on June 29.
At the ceremony itself, Parker conceded, "It will be difficult to avoid the paparazzi." Guests are expected to include Longoria's Desperate Housewives
costars as well as Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Foxx and Lionel Richie, among others.
"And your honeymoon," Massenet interjected, citing newspaper reports, "will be at the Hotel George V?"
"That's not true," Parker replied. "But we will stay in Paris for the honeymoon."
Pressed about his future plans, Parker said he hoped to to play for the French national basketball team. "There's the gold medal at the Olympics and I want to continue to win with the Spurs. My idol is Michael Jordan, and he has six [NBA championships], so I only have half that now."
Asked whether, at such a young age, he could comprehend his success and impending marriage to a star, Parker smiled shyly and confessed, "It's like a dream. It's hard for me to realize what's happening. I think later on I'll be able to understand what's going on now."