Sep 30, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) talks with reporter during media day at Spurs Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Monday was media day for many teams around the National Basketball Association and that only means one thing, we are less than a month way before the start of the season. For the San Antonio Spurs, and their fans, media day is one that many have marked on their calendars. The anticipation is drawing near.
At Spurs media day, many of the media were gathering around to get a sneak peak at the Spurs and get a chance to talk to players about how their summers were as well as what they worked on. For one Tony Parker, he was just coming off of competing in the Eurobasket 2013 where he was stated as feeling fatigued from the tournament which ended less than a week ago.
Parker would sit down with our friends over at Spurs Nation. He stated that despite the feeling of fatigue he did state that he was ready for the beginning of the NBA Season, which would mark his 13th.
(H/T Spurs Nation)
“I feel great,” said Parker, who will open training camp with the Spurs tomorrow in Colorado Springs. “I’m so excited to start with the Spurs and try to win a championship. I get another opportunity to get Timmy out with another championship. So I’m ready to go. I love basketball. I’m very passionate about it. The way I play, I’ll be fine.”
Parker has been putting a lot of games on his body. For three straight years he has been competing at such a high level that you can tell at times, he is looking like he is running himself down. In the same article with Spurs Nation, he did state that he was planning on taking next summer off.
“I’m not going to say definitive,” he said, “but I’ll say 95 percent I won’t play. I think I owe it to the Spurs, I owe it to (Gregg Popovich) and R.C. (Buford) because they’ve been so supportive of me playing with the national team. They know how much it means to me. So in my mind, I feel like I owe it to them to rest and make sure I stay strong when I play for the Spurs.”
Surely Gregg Popovich will be keeping in eye on Parker leading up to their first game against the Memphis Grizzlies as well as through the entire season. Parker is the engine for San Antonio and has proven to be. With a healthy and well rested Parker, the Spurs will once again be a team to watch out for.