"Hate" is such an ugly word, but is it strong enough to describe “Pretty Tony” Parker’s feelings for the ancient team and city of San Antonio?
Far be it from me to come between the marriage between fans and players. You fanatics be the judge and tell me what you think.
This is how an L'Equipe report (h/t FIBA.com) last May quoted Tony: "Tim and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It's going to be tough to regenerate ourselves.”
Say what, Tony? "We will always have a good team but we can no longer say that we're playing for a championship." Jiminy Cricket. Most of San Antonio’s media didn’t take too kindly to those quotes from Mr. T.
But it’s exactly what I’ve been preaching since before last season.
So obviously Parker has been reading my pieces. Keep reading, brother, and keep getting your money.
In the same money-making month of May, a FIBA report quoted the playboy, I mean playmaker, stating the obvious: “To be or not to be a Spur, that is the question.” Seriously, Parker reportedly told the French: “Lockout or no lockout, I’ll play for France.”
He made good on his promise. Tony is now leading France in the prelude games to the real EuroBasket 2011 tournament that starts later this month. The top six teams make the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. So, Parker is serious about winning the EuroB title for Les Bleus (French for the Blues)—the French national men’s basketball team.
Ancient France under King Philip IV was known for bringing an end to the still controversial secret order of the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The Knights have been in the news reports surrounding the recent and horrific tragedy in Norway.
Some say the Templars still exist and control secretive Switzerland and the Red Cross. I’m wondering if Tony will ever be knighted in San Antonio like other ancient Spurs.
The city itself isn’t ancient, but some say the people’s views are. San Antonio is a city that voted down a light rail system a few years back and is now paying the price—almost four dollar gas prices to be precise.
How about that light rail now Alamo City? That’s a rhetorical question. But those loud noises you hear are the cheers and rhetoric from the peanut gallery of people who can’t afford to drive to work if they have a job.
Speaking of ancient, and I was, some of the buildings downtown look like they came straight out of the pages of ancient Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar is probably still the pastor at the biggest church downtown.
Now, does “Pretty T.” really hate me and everything about downtown San Antonio? I’ll have to ask him in person. Stay tuned to see if I can nab an interview with the home slice.
I hope to someday soon chop it up with him and interview Tony in French with a Spanish-speaking translator nearby. Why? Well, because he probably thinks I’ve been dumbed down by the Illuminati and can’t understand other languages.
He seemed to think the people in San Antonio were stupid during the infamous Le’Equipe and other French journalists interview controversy.
In my interview with him, Parker may try to trip me up by intermingling Frenglish with Spanglish in another attempt to front to us all. I won’t let it happen, though, San Antone. I’m with you all the way for now.
Now, now, now-now. Now, now, now-now. Heeeeey, goodbye. That’s what Tony Parker was probably singing after the infamous first round sweep at the paws of the Memphis Grizzlies last season. Now, now. Don’t get your bloomers in a bunch just yet. There is more.
After Parker reportedly told the seasoned curly French-fried media that the Spurs would never compete for another title, he then got feisty with the San Antonio media and told them he doesn’t have to justify anything to them.
Not many of the Spurs came to his defense. Parker has been known to run through defenses for them. He unfortunately has also been known to run off at the mouth.
I’m not sure if Parker hates me or the Alamo City, but I’m sure he does not like the lack of a light rail system. It seems like Parker would rather play for another city with a subway such as New York, but he brought the perception on himself.
This has been Lake Cruise, himself, Reasoning on the River Walk live from La Villita with a couple of chiquitas and Margaritas, but I don’t drink the water. Margaritas have water, literally.
Anyway, catch me and my literary genius next time, if you so dare, on the next edition of Lake’s Pretty Tony Report. You’ve been warned.
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