HoopsHype Tony Parker rumors

June 21, 2014 Updates

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week, where the two discussed Parker’s famous memorabilia collection. While many NBA athletes collect shoes and uniforms from their counterparts, Parker is more of a film buff, and instead opts for pop culture-related items like a life-size Hulk figurine. Of course, no collection of iconic movie props is complete without a DeLorean replica from Back to the Future. Even more impressive than just owing the car is the fact that Parker actually drives his to practice — this despite the verbal abuse he receives from teammates. SI.com

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will not take part in this year's World Cup with France as he needs to rest, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) said on Friday. Parker, a three-time NBA champion, led France to their first continental title last year and was named 2013 European Player of the year. "Tony Parker is not in the squad. (Coach) Vincent Collet and I want him to take some rest after many demanding campaigns with France and demanding seasons with his club," the national technical director Patrick Beesley said in a statement. Reuters

June 16, 2014 Updates

Popovich was acutely aware the Spurs needed to retool around their other tower, the dominant Duncan. But he didn’t think Parker was the answer. Parker had already worked out for the Spurs, jet-lagged and tired after arriving from France. Popovich dismissed the workout and the player, labeling Parker soft and “just another little skinny guy.” R.C. Buford, Popovich’s assistant general manager, had watched Parker in Indianapolis. The Americans could not bottle him up. Grantland

“I thought that Jason Kidd being there, being the mentally tough person that he is and with his skills, would be the greatest education for Tony Parker,” Popovich told the New York Times. “And Tony can go play the 2; he was a scoring guard, anyway. As Jason gets older, let him move over to the 2; let Tony take 1. Brilliant, brilliant. Let’s go get this thing done.” “Tony did not love that idea at all,” he said. “We still tried to do it. And Jason didn’t come.” Grantland

So when they finally celebrated again Sunday, players wrapping themselves in flags from around world in a reminder that the Spurs look far beyond the border to build champions, Parker had no trouble deciding where to rank this title. "That's why I say it's the sweetest one," Parker said, "because it's just unbelievable to win seven years ago, and to be so close last year, it was very cruel. But that's the beauty of sport. Sometimes it's tough. And sometimes it can be beautiful like today." Associated Press

But teammate Tony Parker and Spurs chairman Peter Holt both expect that Duncan and Manu Ginobili — who has already said definitively he’ll be back for the last season of his current two-year deal — will return to help the Spurs defend their title. “It will come to an end but I don’t think next year,” Parker said. “I think everybody’s gonna come back.” Holt said, “Tim and Manu are going to play until they die, so I think we are in pretty good shape. Tim and Manu want to play until they die, somewhat sincerely, actually.” San Antonio Express-News

Even more so for Tony Parker. He had come into the league as a score-first point guard from France, a 19-year-old talent who eventually evolved with coach Gregg Popovich's stern guidance and who became so close with Duncan along the way. Parker had promised Duncan that they would get back to this magical place before their time together was over, and here they were. Incredibly. Tirelessly. Age-lessly. Again. "It's awesome man, just awesome," Parker told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm happy for (Duncan). We did it together, and we've been together for so long. It's the sweetest one, by far. It's unbelievable what he has been able to accomplish…Five rings speaks for itself" USA Today Sports

June 15, 2014 Updates

Was there ever a moment it looked like breaking up the Big Three was the best option? “There were times that other people said we should be breaking it up. But what’s the alternative? Our best alternative was to keep the group together. There were some givens. I don’t think we were going to trade Tim Duncan, and maybe others. With that being the case, assuming that wasn’t going to happen, what were you going to do? Our best solution to to keep the group together, to meet their expectations. I don’t think we really worry about anybody else’s expectations except our group’s, and the commitment we have to them.” San Antonio Express-News

Was there someone who saw tape on Kawhi and said, ‘We have to have this guy?’” RC Buford: “We don’t do this individually. Except for (Sam) Presti picking Parker, this has been a group thing. George was important to our group. From a roster-management standpoint, we felt it was the right thing to do. But we’d be foolish to say we knew Kawhi would be who he is today.” San Antonio Express-News

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