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.”
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“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.”
Tom Orsborn: Murray will start in place of Parker, who is out with a quad injury, Pop says. #Spurs
Melissa Rohlin: Parker (foot) is probable, Leonard (hand) is questionable and Simmons (wrist) is doubtful vs Pelicans. Gasol (fractured metacarpal) is out.
Jabari Young: #NBA Source: Tony Parker’s MRI came back negative on his foot. Nothing broke. He’s could play tomorrow vs #Pelicans … #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Manu Ginobili (back spasms) and Tony Parker (left foot pain) are both out for Monday’s matchup against the Nets. Pau Gasol (fracture, left fourth metacarpal) remains out as well.
Spurs point guard Tony Parker is headed back to San Antonio for further testing on his troublesome left foot, a team source said. Parker is scheduled for an MRI sometime this week, and for now appears doubtful to play during the Spurs’ four-game road trip that opens tonight in Cleveland.
Mike Monroe: Per #Spurs, @Tony Parker (left foot pain) is out for tonight’s game vs. #Cavaliers
Paul Garcia: The Spurs just announced Tony Parker (left foot sprain) is out tonight vs the Nuggets. DEN will be without 4 players.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker left Monday night’s 97-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks with an apparent knee injury that coach Gregg Popovich said could keep him out for an extended period. Parker, 34, had started after missing the previous two games with a thigh contusion.
Michael C. Wright: Tony Parker is out tonight as the same knee he hurt in the opener at Golden State is still bothering him. es.pn/2gWGAZJ
Tom Orsborn: Pop says Tony Parker could return as soon as this weekend. #Spurs
Paul Garcia: Spurs announce Danny Green will make his season debut tonight vs the Rockets, but Tony Parker is still out. SA starters yet to play together
Point guard Tony Parker will be “out for a week or so” with the sore right knee that will force him to miss Friday night’s game against the Jazz, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said after shootaround Friday morning. Parker, who also sat out the team’s home opener against New Orleans on Oct. 29, did not make the trip to Utah. He is averaging a sub-par 5.5 points and 4.0 assists per game after posting averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 assists over 72 games last season. “I think he will be out for a week or so, and that will be it,” Popovich said. “He hurt his knee against Golden State (in the season opener on Oct. 25). He hyper-extended it and it’s just bruised basically, so we are giving him time to heal.”
Jon Krawczynski: Tony Parker NOT starting today for France against USA. Have to check on that.
Paul Garcia: #FRA Basketball Tony Parker suffered a toe injury in the last game. He will play in quarterfinals next round. #Spurs – RT: Equipe France Basket: #FRAUSA @tonyparker a pris un coup à l’orteil lors du dernier match. Le staff médical des Bleus a souhaité le préserver en vue des quarts.
Tom Orsborn: Tony Parker looked OK walking into the locker room, no limp, no assistance. #Spurs
Michael C. Wright: Team official just informed Tony Parker he’s out tonight against the Magic. Parker rolled his ankle Tuesday night against the Magic running into a cameraman.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs announced Tony Parker (soreness – right hip) will be out tomorrow vs Phoenix.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker left the team’s 112-83 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday and didn’t return after experiencing soreness in his right hip. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t provide information about the severity of Parker’s injury. “I haven’t talked to him,” Popovich said. “I don’t know.”
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