Tony Parker Injury: Updates on Spurs Star's Knee, Potential Return Date
Currently in training with the French National Team in preparation for next month's EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia, Tony Parker is set to undergo an MRI on Tuesday after twice injuring his knee.
Last Thursday, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker had sustained a minor injury to his right knee in the French National teams practice session. After sitting out in France's loss to Spain on Friday, Parker returned to the court Monday as France lost to Spain once again 85-84.
According to the French website L'Equipe, Parker's knee was injured again in the match and he will have to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30
Projectspurs.com shows via video footage that Parker is back at practice.
UPDATE: Tuesday Aug. 27:
According to the French national basketball association, Parker's MRI gave Spurs fans good news:
Tony Parker "je ne suis pas inquiet, je serai à 100% pour l'Euro. J'aborde la compétition avec confiance." #edfbasket— Equipe France Basket (@FRABasketball) August 27, 2013
For those who don't speak French: "exams this morning confirmed that there was nothing serious knee Tony Parker"
I'm sure San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is just thrilled about this news.
It's difficult to rightly quantify just how crucial Parker is to the Spurs, so let's just say this: He's really, really important.
The 31-year-old had quite possibly the best season of his illustrious career last year, averaging 20.3 points on 52.2 percent shooting, 7.6 assists and 0.8 thefts over 66 regular-season games.
In the postseason, he averaged 20.6 points, 7.0 assists and 1.1 steals as the Spurs came within one game of dethroning the Miami Heat in the NBA finals.
During his 12 seasons in the Association, Parker has established himself as one of the best playmaking point guards in the NBA, showing a gaudy ability to either create his own shot by getting into the lane, knock down a jumper or distribute for his teammates—whichever is necessary at the time.
Parker isn't flashy, but his spot in the upper echelon of NBA point guards is undoubted.
With the Spurs looking to continue their long stay at or near the top of the NBA West, losing a player of such vital importance during the offseason could serve as a devastating—and frustrating—blow.
Nevertheless, the injury doesn't sound too severe at this point, as Parker's comments, via Garcia, suggest he'll be good to go for the upcoming tournament.
We need to continue to grow, but it is true that we have missed a great opportunity to win this game. It would have been good to take. It was a good game overall. Me, I have to continue to get back in shape. I had a good shot at the end but I did not put. I go tired of this game. There are many things we can do better. we need to learn to win these matches and then manage these matches there. We'll fight. It will change one day or another. It is the preparation and the goal is to beat in competition.
As Garcia notes, it sounds like Parker is expecting to be just fine in the near future.
Still, Spurs fans will certainly be holding their breath until Parker's MRI results are revealed and danger is (hopefully) averted.
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