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Spurs All-Star Tony Parker was presented with his second Euroscar European Player of the Year award before tipoff of Sunday’s game against Milwaukee. Parker won the award, given by Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, after leading France to its first championship at last summer’s EuroBasket tournament. Parker was also named All-Europeans Player of the Year, voted on by roughly 300 journalists who cover European basketball. San Antonio Express-News

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Whatever the reason for Parker's quiet backslide, he refuses to use his busy summer as an excuse. Nor will he blame the shin contusion that cost him two games in December. “I'm OK — a little banged up, but I'm all right,” Parker said. “From the summer, I don't feel anything so far.” NBA player tracking data seems to support Parker's assertion. According to statistics provided by SportVu, Parker still travels at an average speed of 4.5 mph, tied for fastest in the league among players who cover at least 2.3 miles per game. San Antonio Express-News

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Jeff McDonald: Parker statement: "While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it. When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful." Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

A report last week by ESPN.com said the Knicks hope to target the All-Star point guard in 2015, when Parker is set to become a free agent. Told of the report, Parker smiled and said he hadn’t seen it, but is keeping all his options open. Parker made it clear though, his first choice it to remain in San Antonio as long as he could. “If I can yeah”, Parker told the San Antonio Express-News. “The history here, they always take care of the guys. They did it with [Tim Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili], so hopefully they take care of me. At the end of this year they have to guarantee my year after, so, technically, maybe, I’ll be a free agent this summer.” San Antonio Express-News

The 31-year-old Parker, who is averaging 17.8 points and 6.0 assists this season, signed a four-year, $50 million extension in 2010. He is owed $25 million in the last two years of his contract, but the final year is partially guaranteed for $3.5 million if he is waived by June 30, 2014 and fully guaranteed for $12.5 million after that. Said Parker: “I just don’t want a guarantee, I want an extension, too.” San Antonio Express-News

“I want to stay positive,” Parker said, “but if it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out. My wish is to stay here and play my whole career here, but if there is no more Pop or Timmy or Manu, I’m not against going somewhere. I’m not against that.” San Antonio Express-News

Popovich said teams do their best to find players in the draft who fit, but there is no way to predict who will succeed after the draft simply based on where they are selected. “Having busts in the top 10 and having guys like Isaiah come through on the other end makes it great,” Popovich said. So why did the Spurs pass on Thomas twice in that draft? “Ask (general manager) R.C. (Buford),” Popovich said. “My guess is we already had Tony Parker here so I don’t think we had a need at the point.” Sacramento Bee

The Knicks and Nets both visit the San Antonio Spurs this week, where the story could be more serious than just a tale of two bad teams facing a title contender. Spurs star guard Tony Parker came under fire on Sunday for his alleged use of an anti-Semitic gesture described as a “reverse” Nazi salute. Parker was asked by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to apologize. New York Daily News

The "quenelle" gesture is a very serious one that is not taken lightly. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) refers to the gesture as "anti-Semitic" and "the Nazi symbol in reverse," according to The Algemeiner. In the Algemeiner's report, the Wiesenthal Center is reportedly requesting an apology from Parker, calling it "disgusting and dangerous." Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the SWC, called for the apology and told the Algemeiner that he should not associate himself with the gesture: As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as anti-Semitic. Bleacher Report

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