Spurs' Tony Parker: Facing eight-plus month recovery

Parker underwent surgery on his left quadriceps Friday and may require at least eight months to recover fully, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The timeline is merely an estimate by Dr. Josh Bell, a San Antonio-area orthopedist. "If four to six months, you can usually return to some activity," said Bell. "But that's not basketball." With 16 seasons under his belt, Parker will likely follow a prudent approach during his rehabilitation, which seems as if it'll extend into the first two months of the 2017-18 campaign and potentially beyond. As the Spurs continue their playoff push in the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets, coach Greg Popovich gave rookie Dejounte Murray the first start in Parker's absence Friday, but Patty Mills is the prime candidate to pick up most of the run at point guard.

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