HoopsHype Tony Parker rumors

June 5, 2014 Updates
June 4, 2014 Updates

At Wednesday’s media availability, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reiterated to reporters that he expects point guard Tony Parker to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals vs. the Miami Heat Thursday. “I expect him to play. … I think he’s going to be fine,” the coach said. Parker aggravated the ankle in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals Saturday vs. Oklahoma City, and didn’t play in the second half. USA Today Sports

Dr. Jason Garrett of Airrosti Rehab Center, who works directly with Parker, joined the Mike Taylor Show Wednesday morning to discuss the situation with Tony’s ankle. Dr. Garrett stated that Tony aggravated/slightly rolling his left ankle in Game Five against the Oklahoma City Thunder and a later diagnosis revealed a bone bruise. According to Dr. Garrett, pain is the primary issue but it can be easily mitigated with medication and other treatment. Tony is expected to be “95%” for the opening game of the NBA Finals. ProjectSpurs.com

"They don't like us. They don't," James said Monday in Miami. "I can sense it from Timmy's comments over the last couple of days. . They want us, so they got us." The Spurs, whose demeanor and remarks are normally as plain as sandwich bread, were a bit taken aback by James' reaction. "Knowing Timmy, that's not trash talking," San Antonio's Tony Parker said. "I don't think he meant it like that. But obviously, we are very motivated and we want to get it done. At the same time, we realize we are playing a very good team that went to the final four times in a row and won the last two." USA Today Sports

Parker conceded the ankle has bothered him since San Antonio's second-round series against Portland, although he did not divulge it at the time. "I don't like to talk about when I'm hurt," he said. "I played on it for the whole series against Portland. That's why I think my hamstring got hurt because I was playing on a bad ankle." Parker had tightness in his left hamstring midway through the second quarter of Game 5 against the Trail Blazers, forcing him to miss the rest of the Spurs' series-clinching victory. NBA.com

June 3, 2014 Updates
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 "should be ready" to play in Game 1, two sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

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

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