Updates on Erazem Lorbek’s negotiations, Tony Parker’s Olympic availability
Mar. 27, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Spurs defeated the Suns 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
In case you don’t read Pounding the Rock, Project Spurs or the San Antonio Express-News often (and you absolutely should) here are a couple of pertinent updates on Erazem Lorbek and Tony Parker.
Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reported that Tony Parker could miss the Olympics due to an eye injury he suffered in a New York City brawl last week. A minor shard of glass penetrated his eye reportedly.
Parker was initially going to rest for a week before he could resume basketball related activities. However, that was not the case. As it turns out, 99% of his left eye was damaged by the errant shard of glass. Not only did Parker put himself in danger of missing the Olympics but he might’ve have lost his eye as well. Per Project Spurs:
Parker said on his personal website that he is to return to the United States on July 5 for further tests, and has put his Olympic fate in the hands of his NBA employers.
“I will see a specialist in New York with the hope of obtaining an agreement to play in the Olympics,” Parker said.
“The Spurs are very worried. The decision is no longer mine. It is in the hands of the physician and San Antonio.”
San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford responded to the crisis according to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News.
“Trust that we’re going to take advantage of the remedies that are available to us through the NBA’s agreement with FIBA to understand the severity of the injury and be involved in Tony’s prescription for recover from any injury,” Buford said.
Garcia also reported that potential Spur Erazem Lorbek will not negotiate with San Antonio until July 1. This is another piece of evidence that perhaps Spurs fans shouldn’t be too comfortable with the notion of acquiring Lorbek next season. CSKA Moscow has already sent Lorbek an offer.
This statement via Lorbek’s agent Maurizio Balducci.
“The scenario is still not clear because his season came to an end just five days ago, so we cannot have a clear picture so far,” Balducci said. “We are not allowed to negotiate with the NBA till July 1, so we have to wait.”
So, Lorbek to the Spurs isn’t a done deal. Parker could miss the Olympics. Not exactly positive developments if you are a Spurs fan. Stay tuned for more updates.