Jabari Young: Dirk just looked at Tony Parker from across the court…yelled “He’s back!” …now he’s warming up #Spurs vs #Mavs
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RJ Marquez: Breaking: Tony Parker will start tonight for #Spurs vs Mavericks. Popovich says there will be a minute restriction, but nothing set #KSATnews #KSATsports
Michael C. Wright: Pop joked that Tony Parker will play “a minute and a half.” Parker will start, and there will be a minutes restriction for sure.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili believes the initial impact of point guard Tony Parker’s return to action will be an emotional one. Parker is set to play against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in his first game since he tore his left quadriceps tendon in the Western Conference semifinals last May. “Whatever he can give us on the court, it’s going to be a plus,” Ginobili said after shootaround Monday morning.
Manu Ginobili: “We are just thrilled to see him dressed, be with us, warm up with us, be on the bench, playing or whatever. It’s just going to be great to see him with his outfit, with his 9 on his chest, after all the uncertainties after his injury. So I think it’s going to be more of an impact emotionally than what he can give us on the court.”
Pau Gasol: Why am I happy? Easy, #ParkerIsBack! 🤷♂️ ¿Porqué estoy contento? Fácil, @TonyParker vuelve a jugar! #GoSpursGo #WelcomeBackTP 💪
One friend whom Parker has been particularly thankful for in his support from the moment the injury happened is fellow Frenchman and retired soccer megastar Thierry Henry. “He’s like a big brother, one of my best friends,” Parker said. “It’s great to have a friend who experienced the same stuff as you and supports you. Throughout my career, he’s always been there for me. “When I got hurt, he came to see me three days after. He took a plane and came to support me right after my surgery. It’s pretty nice to have friends like that.”
“He’s done so much [for French basketball] that you can’t even imagine,” Henry said. “Before it was like, ‘Can we just get a French guy drafted?’ Now we are talking about a guy who is a future Hall of Famer, they are going to retire his jersey [in San Antonio], four rings. … This is just a joke, really. When I say it, it doesn’t sound right. In France, it’s normal now. There are French guys in the NBA. Well done, Tony.
Tom Orsborn: Same old same old for #Spurs injury report vs. Hornets: Leonard, Parker, White remain out.
Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon last season during the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets and underwent surgery. But Parker continues to inch closer toward returning, and Popovich said he thinks Parker will be back “very soon.” “For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” he said.
Pop just told me he’s “never” throughout his entire coaching career come across the issue that Kawhi Leonard is experiencing with his quad. He said “what’s weird” is that Tony Parker has essentially the same issue, “a quad tendon, but worse,” but Kawhi isn’t any closer to returning than TP
Tony Parker is getting close to returning. Parker has said he hopes to come back at the end of this month. Pop has said the vet is progressing well through the rehab protocol.
“His body hasn’t reacted the same way as Tony’s,” Popovich said of Leonard. “Tony’s at the point where he’s been going 5-on-5 and that kind of thing. He’s not totally confident. It’ll be a few more weeks. But he’s definitely going the right direction. And so is Kawhi. It’s just taking a little bit longer.
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs rule Lauvergne (ankle), Leonard (quad), Parker (quad) and White (wrist) out for Tuesday’s game vs. Clippers.
Jabari Young: Meanwhile … Tony Parker getting in some pregame work. Still has a goal to return this month #Spurs
Paul Garcia: The Spurs announced Joffrey Lauvergne, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker are all out for Sunday’s game vs Phoenix with injuries.
Jeff McDonald: Leonard, Parker and Lauvergne all out for tomorrow’s afternoon tilt in Indy. No surprises to the injury report.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs just announced Lauvergne, Kawhi and Parker will be out vs the Magic Friday. They did not travel with the team to Orlando.
Tom Orsborn: Pop on Tony’s practice w/ Austin Spurs: “I don’t know what he did today. I don’t care what he did today. We have people hired to do that.”
The San Antonio Spurs will send veteran point guard Tony Parker to their G-League affiliate, the Austin Spurs, for a rehabilitation assignment, according to multiple sources. The San Antonio Spurs plan to make an announcement later Wednesday.
Conveniently, the Austin Spurs hold training this week in San Antonio, which allows Parker to work with the team as he continues rehabilitating a torn quadriceps tendon, which ended his season in May during the Western Conference semifinals. Doctors cleared Parker medically in September, but the Spurs typically take a cautious approach in bringing back players from injury. The initial timetable for return was January for Parker, who believes he’ll return even sooner if the rehabilitation process continues on its current track.
Tony Parker has a good idea when he’ll be able to get back on the floor again. “When Dr. Popovich says so,” Parker said with a chuckle. That day is still more than a month away, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says, but it is coming more quickly than anyone envisioned when Parker went down with a ruptured quadriceps tendon in last season’s playoffs. The next step is a return to full-court 5-on-5 scrimmaging, which Parker hopes to do this week.
Jeff McDonald: Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker traveled with the Spurs to Chicago, but not expected to play tomorrow vs. Bulls. Out with injury.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs also just announced Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker are both out for Friday’s preseason finale at Houston due to injury.
“For sure, it’s not I’m saying we should hurry things up,” Ginobili said. “We all wish to be healthy all the time, and it doesn’t happen like that. So, not having [Leonard] and Tony, it’s important, or Rudy. Rudy is practicing. He’s almost ready. But he’s still cautious, and he’s been out for seven months. So he’s going to take his time, too.”
With Leonard out after one week of training camp, the Spurs will start the preseason without two starters. Point guard Tony Parker is also sidelined while continuing to recover from surgery to repair the ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in the Western Conference semifinals against Houston last spring. “Rehab buddies,” Popovich called Leonard and Parker.
“In my mind, hopefully, I can be back by mid-November, end of November,” Parker said. “But overall, it’s great news. Because at first, the doctors thought it would be the end of January. So it’s still like great news.” Even with that, Parker can’t help but lament what might have been had he and forward Kawhi Leonard remained healthy last season when the team faced the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
On the eve of the Spurs’ Media Day, a report surfaced that bodes well for point guard Tony Parker returning to the court sooner than expected after he suffered a postseason-ending left quad injury in May. Parker told L’Equipe that a recent MRI revealed his tendon is healed and that doctors have given him the green light to return to the court. “I got some good news,” Parker said. “My tendon is healed. I worked a lot and paid (the price).”
Parker said he still needs to get back in shape, a process that presumably would begin when training camp opens Tuesday. “I think I need another two months,” he said. “My goal is to come back at the end of November, which would be almost two months ahead of what was announced just after the operation, where we were talking about mid-January.”
San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker injured his left quadriceps muscle during last season’s playoff run, which all but ended ended his season. After undergoing successful surgery in the offseason, he has been projected to return to the Spurs until January of the 2017-18 NBA season. Or maybe he is coming back sooner than later according to his teammate Danny Green. Green touched on Parker’s return with French site LCI and revealed No. 9 might be back on the floor a lot earlier than most expect.
Danny Green: “[Tony Parker] obviously had a tough injury last year but he’s recovering. He’s a couple of months ahead of schedule… I don’t want to leak anything but he might be playing a lot sooner than people think he’s playing. He’s been doing his rehab like a monster, like a maniac. He’s been working out like a maniac and mentally he’s really focused and trying to get his body healthy and get it right. You’ll probably be seeing Tony playing a lot sooner than what most people expect him to be back by.”
Tony Parker expects to be back on the court in four to five months. The Spurs point guard offered that timeline during a recent interview with Argentina’s LPG TV. In previous interviews, he said he hoped to return in January. “It’s OK. It’s getting better and better,” he said of his recovery from the left quadriceps injury that sidelined him in the second round of the playoffs last season. “I’m starting to run like a little bit. I’m walking pretty well. I think it’s still going to be a long process. It’s still going to take like another four or five months, but I am very happy with the progresses. I am advancing in my rehab.”
San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker is on the mend after suffering a left quadriceps injury in last season’s playoff run. However, since then, he is having himself a speedy recovery and is optimistic he’ll he back on the court in 4-5 months time in a sit down interview with Argentinian TV LPG TV. “It’s OK. It’s OK. It’s getting better and better. I’m starting to run like a little bit. I’m walking pretty well. I think it’s still going to be a long process. It’s still going to take like another four or five months but I am very happy in with the progress. I am in advance in my rehab.”
As for his injury, Parker is still positive and is looking forward to returning the the court. Mentally, you must be strong to come back from an injury like this. I do not want people to think it was my last game, that I was not going to come back, because in my head, I will come back.”
“I will play my best basketball when I return in January”, Parker told L’Equipe. After his injury in the NBA playoffs, the player is on the road to recovery and already wants to give it all for next season. He is expected to make his return with the Spurs in about six to eight months, and he still feels frustrated with the injury: “The first thing that came in when I got injured, was frustration. I was super good and we had the chance to go until the end and get the title.”
Paul Garcia: The Spurs just announced David Lee is out as well with Kawhi and Parker.
When Patty Mills saw Tony Parker at the Spurs’ practice facility on Thursday, Mills made sure to wish Parker a happy birthday and give him a little pep talk. Parker, who turned 35 on Wednesday, was hobbling around on crutches after sustaining a ruptured left quadriceps in Game 2 of the Spurs’ second-round series against Houston that required surgery. “I said happy birthday to him,” Mills said at Spurs’ practice Friday. “From what I was aware of, it was his first day of rehab yesterday. He would like to be better off, and out on the court, but I think he’s trying to take care of his knee at the moment and doing what’s best for him.”
Mills said that Parker can’t yet put much pressure on his left leg. “Walk … I don’t know if you’d call it walking,” Mills said. “He’s getting around very gingerly.”
Tom Orsborn: Green on Parker: “He looked good. I asked him how life was and how life is going. He’s taking it a day at a time.”
Connor Letourneau: Popovich: “Last time I checked, Tony is still hurt, so Mills is starting.”
The Spurs did not give a timeline for the 34-year-old Parker’s return, but in typical cases it could take eight months or longer to fully recover, said Dr. Josh Bell, a San Antonio orthopedist. “If four to six months, you can usually return to some activity,” said Bell, who works for the Sports Institute of the San Antonio Orthopedic Group. “But that’s not basketball.”
Tony Parker underwent successful surgery to repair the ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered during the Spurs’ Game 2 victory Wednesday, the team announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Schmidt, one of the team’s physicians. The Spurs did not give a timeline for the 34-year-old Parker’s return, but in typical cases it could take eight months or longer to fully recover, said Dr. Josh Bell, a San Antonio orthopedist. “If four to six months, you can usually return to some activity,” said Bell, who works for the Sports Institute of the San Antonio Orthopedic Group. “But that’s not basketball.”
Jonathan Feigen: Tony Parker underwent surgery to repair ruptured tendon in his left quadriceps today, the team announced. No timetable given for his return.
Tom Orsborn: Gordon said it’s going to be “tough” for #Spurs to overcome loss of TP: “They don’t have a lot of guys who drive to the basket like he did.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets center Clint Capela on Tony Parker: “In France, he’s the icon over there. To me, he’s the Michael Jordan in France.”
Adam Wexler: Clint Capela said it’s was tough seeing Tony Parker down like that. Very important player for his career to see Tony’s success
Pau Gasol: Get well soon brother, we will miss you #9
Jonathan Feigen: D’Antoni: “I hate it for Tony Parker. He’s a great guy; not a good guy. You hate to see that with anybody, especially being that serious.”
Tom Orsborn: Ariza called Parker’s absence a “huge hole” for #Spurs: “I don’t know how you replace him… What he brought to that team, it’s unmatched.”
Tom Orsborn: Beverley on Parker: “He’s always been a good person to me, always gave me words of wisdom. Definitely prayers up for him.” #Spurs
Tom Orsborn: Beverley on if #Spurs will do things differently w/out TP: “U know how Pop is. His team’s a machine. 1 person falls down, next 1 steps up”
Jabari Young: As many expected, Spurs confirm Tony Parker (ruptured left quadriceps tendon) out for the remainder of the postseason #NBA #Rockets pic.twitter.com/Jd72ftYO4o
Spurs guard Tony Parker underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio. The exam revealed that Parker has suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon. The injury occurred at the 8:52 mark of the fourth quarter of last night’s Spurs-Rockets game. Parker will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs. A timeline for his return will be determined at a later date.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: San Antonio’s Tony Parker is still undergoing an MRI on left leg now, but team expects Parker will need season-ending surgery.
Tony Parker: 2016 playoff stats vs. 2017 playoff stats. He got his mojo back. Spurs’ title hopes take big hit without him.
Tony Parker sustained what the Spurs are calling a left leg injury in the fourth quarter of the team’s 121-96 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series, which is now tied 1-1. Parker will have an MRI on Thursday. The Spurs’ starting point guard collapsed to the floor clutching his left leg with 8 minutes and 43 seconds left in the game. Parker put his arms around Dejounte Murray and Dewayne Dedmon, and attempted to limp off of the court, but he could not put any weight on the leg.
Murray and Dedmon ended up carrying him to the locker room as the crowd gave him a standing ovation and chanted, “Tony, Tony.” When asked about the injury after the game, Popovich said, “It’s not good.”
Brian T. Smith: Danny Green: “Tony (Parker), if he gets any type of green light to go, he’ll go on one leg.” #Spurs #Rockets #TXSN
The nagging injuries Parker has endured this season causing him to miss 14 games didn’t bother him. Parker’s inability to get into a rhythm lately due to his latest injury (back stiffness) caused no dismay, either. When it was assumed the 34-year-old was a bit frustrated by it all, Parker smiled and quickly dismissed it. “I feel blessed to be honest,” said Parker after the Spurs’ 118-102 victory over the Kings, “because I’m playing and I’m having fun.”
“I feel like I’m blessed,” Parker reiterated. “Guys have worse (injuries); you know? Knees, Achilles, stuff like that. I’ve been playing for 16 years. All season long for the Spurs, and then all summer internationally. And the way I play, with speed and going into the trees (the paint), getting hit so many times and going to the ground so many times, I feel very blessed to still be out there.”
Melissa Rohlin: Tony Parker on his back: “I strained a facet, so I just had to wait a week to let it heal. It’s not going to be a chronic thing.”
In addition to missing a pair of games to rest, point time guard Tony Parker has sat out of a total of 16 contests due to right knee soreness, a left quadriceps contusion, a left knee contusion, left foot pain, another quadriceps contusion and back stiffness. “It breaks the team chemistry,” said star forward Kawhi Leonard.
Kawhi Leonard: “Once you have that unit out here with your five guys knowing who you’re going to play with, who’s going to sub you in and out, I feel like you get better chemistry like that, rather than somebody sitting and not knowing if you’re gonna play.”
“The last time we had the lineup like we’ve had it all year was Jan. 1, when we lost to Atlanta,” Popovich said. “Last night [in Memphis on Mar. 18] was the second time we lost with our full lineup. So from Jan. 1 to last night, we’ve had two losses with a full team without anybody out. So that made me feel a little bit better.”
Melissa Rohlin: Pop said he’s been disappointed by Tony Parker’s injuries throughout the season. Said he hasn’t been able to really get his rhythm.
Signs point to Spurs point guard Tony Parker returning to action Saturday night against the Grizzlies after missing the last four games with what the team called back stiffness. Parker was an active participant in the team’s shootaround Saturday morning and was not included on the injury report released by the team in the afternoon. The Spurs, however, ruled rookie point guard Dejounte Murray out with a left groin injury. The Spurs reported no other injuries.
Jason Quick: No Tony Parker tonight for the Spurs. They will start Patty Mills in his place.
Kawhi Leonard (concussion protocol) is questionable for tomorrow night’s Spurs-Hawks game. LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray (left groin) and Tony Parker (back stiffness) remain out.
With their abundance of guards, the Rockets pose a matchup problem for 34-year-old Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who has just seven points and six assists in two games since returning from a one-game absence due to a bruised right quad. “He didn’t have his legs tonight the way he needed to,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Saturday. “Tony will be ready to go on Monday.”
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