Tag:Tony Parker
Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 11:49 am

Tony Parker flies a jet pack photo

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker flies a jet pack. Posted by Ben Golliver.

NBA scouts say San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker can really fly in transition, but I'm not sure they had this in mind.

TMZ.com has uncovered a photo of Parker, vacationing in St. Tropez, flying in a "water-propelled jet back" above the Mediterranean Sea. The site reports Parker spent the equivalent of $5,000 to take the ride.

Here's a look.

There's a very good chance this sort of thing would be off-limits under Parker's NBA contract, as potentially dangerous activities are generally prohibited.

The NBA is in a lockout, however, so there are no contracts and, therefore, no rules. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and executive R.C. Buford aren't even allowed to call Parker to tell him to knock it off. They can only cross their fingers and pray. 

Up, up and away!

The device Parker is reportedly riding is called a JetLev, which uses water as a propellant. The jetpack manufacturer's website says the product is easy to use and safe.
No other flying device even comes close to the Jetlev R200’s stability, agility and ease of use. Feel as one with the jetpack when you fly, and experience levitation flight so stable that you feel as if you are suspended on cables. The three-dimensional degree of freedom will thrill and enthrall you like nothing else you have ever experienced. You can fly over deep open water with the assurance that it is one of the safest power sports ever invented. 
Here's a promotional video for the JetLev courtesy of YouTube user devinsupertramp.

Photo via TMZ.com and WhoSay.com.
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 1:54 pm

Manu Ginobili: Window not closed but closing

Posted by Matt Moore

Tony Parker made some unpopular comments a few months ago about how the Spurs' window had closed. Parker has backed off the comments since then but the conversation left a bad taste in people's mouth, and suddenly, a bunch of trade rumors surfaced about Parker. The Spurs wound up trading guard George Hill, while committing to Parker. But the question remains: Do the Spurs think they're done?

Why don't we ask Manu Ginobili? Well, someone already did.

Project Spurs translated an interview with Ginobili from Argentinian newspaper Ole', and his thoughts were mighty interesting:  
"Closed-no, but it is closing. I'm going to be 34, Duncan is 35 and this is not forever. But we won 61 games and in six months...Boston, two years ago, played the final and was a veteran team more than we do today. It depends if you play well, you put it when it counts and not suffer injuries. Fortunately, in our case we do not injure this year."

Ginobili also said that the Spurs have been called "old" even when they won the title in 2007 and that he feels like he is better than he expected at this age, but will look to transition his game a bit because a physical decline is inevitable and he has to become "better, smarter and more reliable."
via Ginobili: Spurs window is not closed | June.

So the window's not closed, but it's getting narrow. The Spurs' ability to be honest about themselves is really admirable. It's also really weird. Most teams deny the fall until it's completely over. But Ginobili also has a point about being "old." And he's got a more recent example he could use. The Mavericks were a considerably veteran team, as old as any that won a title for the Spurs. It's definitely true that veteran teams win championships.

But his talk of changing his game is concerning, because it recognizes struggles he's having physically. That said, there isn't a savvier player in the league than Ginobili, and he should continue to be productive through the end of his contract.

The job of rebuilding the Spurs, or reshaping, really, belongs to Gregg Popovich. They have to return to being a defensive-minded, grind-it-out team. Without that identity, they'll get lapped in the race by hungrier teams, just as they were by Memphis.
Posted on: June 23, 2011 12:10 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 11:22 am

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs G Tony Parker to Blazers?

The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly discussing a trade involving All-Star guard Tony Parker. Posted by Ben Golliver. tony-parker

There continues to be billowing smoke around San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker. But is all the talk legit?

On Tuesday, we noted a report that Parker was being shopped to the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings. Earlier Wednesday, we noted that the Spurs denied Parker was being shopped.

Just hours after that denial, though, HoopsWorld.com reported that the Spurs nearly consummated a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers involving Parker.
The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages. San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 pick to Portland in exchange for Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the #21 pick, but the trade died when the Spurs insisted that Richard Jefferson somehow be included in the deal. Other players would have been included in the trade to make salaries work. Talks have quieted for now, but they could pick back up tomorrow if one of the teams has a change of heart.
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger then reported that the ongoing chatter is simply San Antonio attempting to gauge Parker's value on the open market.
Spurs officials continue to do what they're paid to do -- find out what their players are worth on the trade market. That's all the Tony Parker speculation is, several rival execs believe. "You know and I know they're not trading Tony Parker," one GM said. "You can't get anything close to equal value for him."
With Parker on the books for big money and George Hill waiting in the wings, the Spurs are smart to shop Parker. Usually, though, the rumor mill surrounding the Spurs is almost nonexistent. The franchise is known and praised for its secrecy and this week's worth of chatter is certainly out of the ordinary.

One thing is for sure: attempting to include Jefferson radically alters any Parker deal. He's owed roughly $30 million over the next three seasons. To match salaries, a team taking on Jefferson and Parker must be way under the salary cap or able to send out roughly $20 million in salaries that don't include long-term money. Not many teams fit that bill.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 9:08 pm

George Hill being shopped?

Posted by Royce Young

Nevermind that Spurs general manager R.C. Buford just said they aren't shopping any players around, only "answering calls." Well, I guess he's answered a few regarding George Hill recently.

According to Draft Express, Hill is being shopped around for a late lottery pick to Milwaukee (10), Golden State (11) and Utah (12). All three teams likely would have interest, but the intriguing part is that supposedly, the Spurs are also dangling Tony Parker out for a high lottery pick. If either were to be moved, the one that remained would definitely become the starter. In Parker's case, he'd remain obviously.

It has always made some sense for San Antonio to try and move Hill along, seeing as he's probably too good of a backup to Parker. You have a top tier point man in Parker and a backup in Hill that would be starting for most teams. Understandable that the Spurs would finally look to move Hill and get as much value as they can.

A lot of teams are talking though right now and just because this rumor got floated out doesn't mean something is happening. But you already know that. At some point I'd imagine the Spurs would either part ways with Hill or make him the starter, but that doesn't mean now. Hill has a ton of value and somewhere in the late lottery makes sense for him.

However, with it being a seemingly weak draft, you'd wonder if that makes the Spurs balk a bit. They obviously have their eye on a player -- some think that's Donetas Montiejunas -- and I'm sure the Spurs are trying to target exactly where and what it's going to take to get him. Whether it's Parker or Hill, they're at least shopping.

Er, I mean, listening.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 6:41 pm

Spurs deny shopping Tony Parker

Posted by Royce Young

This might come as a great surprise, but the Spurs have denied shopping Tony Parker. Via the San Antonio Express-News:

“We’re not shopping anyone,” (Spurs GM R.C.) Buford said, via text message. “We’ve received calls on a lot of our guys and we’ve answered the phone."

That's the story NBA GMs like to stick to. "We're not trying to trade anyone, but we're going to at least listen..." A little further down in fact, is this tidbit:
An executive of a team not involved in the discussions said he had no knowledge that the Spurs were seeking deals for Parker, but confirmed the belief they were “gauging the interest” of teams that called about him.

A basketball executive of another team said the Spurs were unwilling to discuss trading Parker to the Raptors unless they agreed to also consider taking small forward Richard Jefferson.
But they're not trying to trade anyone! Just listening! It does seem like a pretty unlikely prospect that the Spurs are going to shop Tony Parker for the seventh or eighth pick in a weak draft, but I guess if someone wants to call Buford and offer away, he's going to hear him out. As he should.

Remember, Parker was the one that said the Spurs' window was closing. But he also signed a long-term extension to stay with the team through 2014. I don't think he's getting traded. For whatever reason, teams like to leak information out like this to try and gain something out of it.

And if you remember, earlier Rod Thorn, the Sixers president, admitted to shopping Andre Iguodala. Why can't more people be like that? I guess because there's a fine line between "shopping" and "listening." Either way, the Spurs aren't hanging anyone out as meat on their roster. At least that's what they say.

Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:32 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 9:43 pm

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly shopping point guard Tony Parker. Posted by Ben Golliver. tony-parker

Back in May, shortly after the San Antonio Spurs had been eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies, point guard Tony Parker made some interesting comments, telling a French publication that he believed the team's championship window had closed.

Now, it appears that it could be Parker's career as a Spur that is coming to an end.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Parker's name is coming up in trade talks in advance of the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and seventh picks, respectively.
Parker, 29, has played for the Spurs for his entire NBA career. He's coming off of an All-Star year in 2010-2011, one in which he averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 assists. The Spurs have another capable point guard in reserve George Hill, who theoretically could take the reins if Parker was traded and play alongside two guard Manu Ginobili.

Parker recently signed a contract extension that carries him through the 2014-2015 season. 

The lesson from the Memphis series for San Antonio is that the team needs to retool its front line, adding size, length and bulk. At pick No. 5 or pick No. 7, the Spurs could go the super intriguing route by adding Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo, arguably the best defensive prospect in the entire draft. Otherwise, either Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas should be available at No. 5 and could be available at No. 7. Texas forward Tristan Thompson, also an excellent defender, would be another intriguing option at No. 7. 

An alternate approach: If the Spurs were simply looking to take a "Moneyball" approach to the point guard position, they could draft Kemba Walker and pay him a fraction of what they were paying Parker to serve as Hill's back-up. 

Parker would represent a home run for either the Raptors or the Kings. Both are saddled with questions marks at the point guard position, and Parker would plug in immediately as a quality floor general capable of making life easier for the young prospects he would be surrounded by.  

The question hanging over these discussions: Are the Spurs ready to blow this up? If so, moving Parker is a logical first step.
Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:09 pm

Spurs GM Buford reacts to Parker's comments

Posted by Royce Young

Earlier in the week, Tony Parker made some curious comments. Basically he said the Spurs are old, they're slow and they're done winning. He actually said that he thought their window was closed.

"I don't think this current team will play for the title in the future," Parker said. "We are aging. We must be realistic. It was sort of our last chance this season.

"Tim [Duncan] and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It's going to be tough to regenerate ourselves. We will always have a good team but we can no longer say that we're playing for a championship."

Pretty stunning comments from a guy that just signed a long-term extension with the Spurs. A team that just had the top record in the West, mind you.

(I can't help but wonder what Ginobili and Duncan thought about being called old by Parker. I mean they are, but still, nobody wants to hear they can't play any more because of their age.)

Parker's comments likely weren't all that well received by the organization and someone got in touch with general manager R.C. Buford to get his thoughts on Parker's comments. Via the San Antonio Express-News:

"Who knows what the motivation is to say something like that," Buford said. "I'm not going to get caught up in comments. All I can say is that we're going to continue to build our team and try to be as good as we can be in the future."

Some feel that maybe the motive for making such bold comments is that Parker is trying to spur (get it? you get it) the team into pushing for a few deals this summer to boost the roster. Maybe Parker's trying to not-so-subtly nudge the Spurs along. Or maybe he's just depressed about their first-round exit. Buford realizes that this is going to ramp up speculation about the roster though.

"I can't control that," he said, "and I'm not going to worry about it. We're just going to move forward and work to improve the team."

Nobody runs a more well-oiled organization than Buford. They say the right things, do the right things and rarely have a hiccup. So this is a rare event. At some point, yes, Duncan, Ginobili and others will phase out. The roster will turn over to new faces. Parker sees that coming. But I have no doubt that maybe the best GM in the business does too.
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:33 pm

Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

Tony Parker says Spurs "can no longer say" they are playing for a title. 

Posted by Matt Moore

The Spurs certainly looked throughout the regular season as if they'd still be playing right now. They looked like they had one more glorious run left in them, a last chance to face down the Lakers, overcome and win an NBA title to send their own version of the Big 3 (which has been around a lot longer than the others) off into the sunset in style. It was perfect. And everything came apart, thanks to the very thing that won them so many titles, defense. They couldn't stop the Grizzlies and had to rely on their offense to create. It simply wasn't there.

The Celtics and Lakers have both pledged that this season isn't the end for them, even though they, like the Spurs, are at home watching younger, hungrier teams compete for the gold. Championship caliber experienced teams don't implode, really, they have to be dragged and pried apart with crowbars and heavy equipment.  Except that Tony Parker, in an interview on the FIBA website where he says he will put more and wear tear on his wheels playing for France his summer, went ahead and made it clear he thinks the window is closed. From FIBA.com: 

Parker says that age has finally caught up with the Spurs.

"At the start of the season I said this was our last chance," he said.

"Tim and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It's going to be tough to regenerate ourselves.

"We will always have a good team but we can no longer say that we're playing for a championship."
via FRA – Parker: "Lockout or no lockout, I will play for France" | FIBA.COM.

Whether that's a demand on ownership to rebuild the roster to make them contenders or defeatism remains to be seen. But for a guy who the Spurs just gave a huge extension, to, it's got to be concerning to have him shut the door on title contention while Tim Duncan's NBA career is still breathing. An old roster can still win a title, it just has to be surrounded by the right pieces. Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, and Matt Bonner weren't the right pieces. But no matter how bleak the situation, the star point guard, the youngest of your team's Big 3 shouldn't be admitting the run is over in the press. 

I'm sure Coach Popovich is just going to think this kind of attitude is swell. 

(HT SBNation.com)
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