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The night was “(a) little overwhelming because it doesn’t really hit you until you really go put on the jersey and then you go play,” Aldridge said. “I knew I was in San Antonio, but it doesn’t really hit you until you’re on the court trying to figure out how to run an offense again and things like that. But I think the process has been going well so far.”
“Honestly I don’t know,” assistant coach Ettore Messina, subbing for Popovich, said when asked for his estimation of how long it will take Aldridge to feel comfortable with the San Antonio system. “All of us are getting to know each other, day after day. The good thing is that he seems at ease with the team, with the staff, with everything. Nobody is forcing nothing. I think it will come naturally …”
“The Spurs know I want to play until I’m 38,” Parker told Yahoo Sports in a recent phone interview. “That will be 20 seasons for me. That’s my goal. This year is No. 15. And if I’m lucky enough and I’m healthy, hopefully I can play 20 seasons and then I’ll be ready to retire.”
Duncan, 39, and Ginobili, 38, are expected to retire several seasons before Parker. Without them, Parker still expects the Spurs to have a talented roster with Aldridge, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard by his side. “It’s very rare for any player in any sport – soccer, football, baseball – to play their whole career with the same team,” Parker said. “So it would definitely mean a lot to me to do like [former Spurs Hall of Fame center] David Robinson and Timmy and Manu. It would be great to be a part of the history of being with the same team. “My time will come soon. But I definitely want to enjoy my last years in the NBA.”
“They’ve been trying to get me to (be aggressive), and now I’m just getting back to it because I didn’t want to come in being aggressive and then be too aggressive,” Aldridge told USA TODAY. “I think it’s better to be passive (at the beginning), and then kind of get into it more, so they’ve got me back to (thinking), ‘You’ve got to still be yourself, but take the good pass and make the great pass,’ and that’s what I’ve been doing.
“People told me that I’m not going to fit in because I’m ball-dominant, I’m a ball-stopper, so I’m not worried about that,” Aldridge told USA TODAY Sports. “I feel like if the Spurs didn’t feel like I fit in, then they wouldn’t have gotten me. I think the things that they wanted was someone who could play in pick-and-roll. I do that. Someone who could score on the block. I do that.