HoopsHype Tony Parker rumors

June 1, 2014 Updates

Despite a sprained ankle, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is hopeful to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Parker will work to rehabilitate the sprain over the next several days of preparation for the Finals rematch with the Miami Heat. Yahoo! Sports

Of all the Gregg Popovich pearls of wisdom throughout the years, the one most salient to his San Antonio Spurs system is unofficially known as "good to great." It's not a complicated concept: great shots are better than good ones, so players must train themselves to make the extra pass without any regard for their own individual pursuits. The Spurs went from good to great yet again on Saturday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, winning Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals 112-107 in overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder despite not having point guard Tony Parker for the second half. USA Today Sports

May 30, 2014 Updates

Quixem Ramirez: Parker on his hamstring: "I'm fine. I'm not going to complain about my stuff." Twitter @quixem

May 28, 2014 Updates

By the time the 105-92 win that tied the series 2-2 was over, he wasn't alone. Tony Parker, who played just six of his 26 minutes in the second half when Popovich benched his starters, sat stone-faced as he watched the one-sided affair unfold. Tim Duncan, who had a meltdown moment of his own in the third quarter when he could be seen flailing his arms and yelling toward coaches and guard Danny Green about the latest defensive mix-up, had gone from stoic to steamed as he sat helpless on the sideline. They had every reason to be angry, not to mention worried. USA Today Sports

May 26, 2014 Updates

But it was always about Ibaka. The raw emotion, the energy, the intensity — the Thunder were whole again. They were themselves. They had their monster in the middle back and they fed off him the entire game. The first play the Thunder ran was a high pick-and-pop to Ibaka, and he smoothly dropped it. When he erased a Tony Parker layup attempt a few minutes later, it was obvious things were different now. “I was so emotional, but you couldn’t really tell because I was on the court,” Ibaka said. “I will never stop thanking [my teammates] for tonight. I will never forget it.” DailyThunder.com

May 24, 2014 Updates

“I knew it was coming,” said Parker Saturday before boarding the team charter to Oklahoma City. “There was no way (he was sitting). I saw they were making fun of us like we were paranoid, but we look good now. I knew it. I just couldn’t believe he would miss the whole playoffs. In our day you would get a shot or something and you play. “I just knew he was going to play. I’m sure when they looked at the schedule they figured he had a chance to be back for Game 3. That’s why they didn’t bring him to San Antonio (for the first two games). I think it was planned from the beginning. And we’re going to have to be ready because we’re playing a very good team at home.” San Antonio Express-News

May 20, 2014 Updates

Duncan finished with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting, with 21 of his points coming in the first half. The Spurs' backcourt of Tony Parker, Danny Green and sixth man Manu Ginobili that no longer had to fear Ibaka's long arms contesting on the perimeter shot 19-for-31 for 48 points. After shooting 44.2% against the Thunder in four regular season losses, the Spurs shot 57.5% from the field in all. "We always want to try to penetrate," Parker said. "We always want our ball movement, that's how we play — kick and pitch and stuff like that. You know, obviously it's a little bit better with (Ibaka) not being in the paint, but we're still going to try to penetrate and make stuff happen." USA Today Sports

May 19, 2014 Updates

Though he continues to experience some pain and tightness, Parker on Sunday declared his left leg fit enough to play in Monday's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Thunder, in large part because Mills and the rest of his teammates bought a few days of rest with their win in Game 5. San Antonio Express-News

May 18, 2014 Updates

The Thunder followed that up by telling the media on Sunday that Ibaka would not travel with the team on their flight to San Antonio in advance of the Western Conference Finals, which begin Monday. And still, the Spurs remain skeptical to the point of paranoia. “I don’t really believe it,” said point guard Tony Parker, who has been cleared to play in the opener after straining his left hamstring in the second round. “I’ll believe when I see tomorrow he is not on the court. It’s hard to believe. We’ll see tomorrow.” Said Kawhi Leonard, “We’re still not sure if he’s going to play or not, but it doesn’t matter. The Thunder are still a very good team.” San Antonio Express-News

May 17, 2014 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s press availability was deferred until Sunday, leaving it to the players to provide an update on the status of Tony Parker’s Grade 1 hamstring strain leading up to the opening game of the Western Conference Finals on Monday against Oklahoma City. And the Spurs have been schooled very, very well. Patty Mills hemmed and hawed as if he couldn’t speak English when asked if he could shed any light. Teammate Manu Ginobili was slightly more forthcoming — but only just. “He was basically off his feet,” Ginobili said after Saturday’s practice. “He took a few jumpers and that was it. He’s doing treatment now and we’ll see what happens in 48 hours.” San Antonio Express-News

May 16, 2014 Updates

Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who played only 10 minutes of the Spurs Game 5 win over Portland, declared he will be ready to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, even if it begins on Monday. Via text message, Parker said results of the MRI exam he underwent on Thursday morning revealed only a Grade 1 strain of the left hamstring. “It’s OK; not too bad,” Parker said. “Not as bad as the NBA Finals. NBA Finals was a Grade 2. This one is Grade 1. So should be fine for Monday.” San Antonio Express-News

May 15, 2014 Updates

Tony Parker played just 10 minutes in the Spurs’ series-clinching victory over Portland on Wednesday after leaving with tightness in his left hamstring. No immediate timeline was provided for his return. The injury is not believed to be serious, according to a team source. San Antonio Express-News

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