HoopsHype Tony Parker rumors

June 16, 2014 Updates

“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

June 11, 2014 Updates
June 10, 2014 Updates

Roland Lazenby: Parker looked whipped warming up. Probably means nothing. Leonard's energy looked a little low too. They've had a long road here. Twitter @lazenby

June 9, 2014 Updates

Tony Parker scored 21 points and Tim Duncan added 18, but they went 0 for 4 from the foul line in a critical nine-second stretch of the fourth quarter, and those points loomed very large at night's end. Final score: Miami 98, San Antonio 96. "We can't miss four free throws in a row," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lamented when it was over. USA Today Sports

Mario Chalmers (who has struggled these Finals) was driving the lane when he elbowed Tony Parker in the gut. After the game LeBron James and other Heat players tried to say that the elbow was inadvertent, it certainly didn’t look like that to me. That was intentional and deserved a flagrant. Tony Parker went to the line and missed both. “(Pain from the blow) definitely affected me but I’m a little frustrated, should have made them,” Parker said after the game. NBCSports.com

After being called for a flagrant foul for an elbow to the Spurs' Tony Parker in Game 2, Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers said after the game he didn't "remember throwing an elbow." CBSSports.com

Late in Game 2, which the San Antonio Spurs lost 98-96 to tie the series 1-1, Spurs point guard Tony Parker caught this elbow on a flagrant foul committed by Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers. Parker stayed down for quite awhile. Shortly thereafter, the internet took advantage of the situation like the internet is wont to do. And thus, #Parkering was born. #Parkering is even simpler than #LeBroning. You don’t even need two friends to carry you– you need only clutch your stomach and ball up in the fetal position on a flat surface: For The Win

June 8, 2014 Updates
June 6, 2014 Updates

Tony Parker also said he felt “great” after playing for the first time in five days on the sprained left ankle that forced him to the bench midway through Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. “I’m very happy with the progress,” said Parker, who had 19 points and eight assists. “Felt better and better during the game. So I’m very confident, you know, for Game 2 that my ankle will hold up.” San Antonio Express-News

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