ASVEL Lyon, the French club Tony Parker has owned and managed since 2014, won its league title on Tuesday, giving him a different perspective on what it means to chase a title.
Though Parker and the San Antonio Spurs’ quest for their sixth NBA title was halted by the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second-round of the playoffs, Parker still managed to come out a champion.
Parker was back on US soil on Thursday with an appearance at the Spurs’ youth camp at Incarnate Word. While there, Parker spoke with the media and described how it felt being on the other side of the ball as an owner rather than a player.
(Via San-Antonio Express News)
“As a player, you have control because you have the ball,” said Parker, a four-time NBA champion with the Spurs. “As an owner, it’s different. The game is very, very long.”
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Transitioning back as a player, Parker sits back and awaits the fate of the Spurs’ roster for the coming season, as the countdown to the possible retirement of Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan from the famed “Big Three” is reaching its final stage.
Even if Parker knows some news about what Duncan or Ginobili are discussing, he surely is tight lipped about it stating, “No idea, to be honest,” Parker said. “It’s coming though, at the end of the month. We’ll know if both are coming back. We’ll see.”
Take what Parker stated how you will, but time is coming up short for Ginobili, as his deadline to opt in to the final season of his contract is Wednesday–keep in mind though that date could be renegotiated if both he and the team agree. For Duncan, his deadline is June 29th.
Just as Parker is sitting and waiting, so are the rest of Spurs fans. With rumors swirling on what San Antonio will do in the offseason, all of which fall on what Duncan and Ginobili decide to do.
The 34-year-old Parker faces an immediate future less uncertain. He has two years and about $30 million remaining on his contract.
Parker’s statistical decline and advancing age have sparked rumors that the Spurs might pursue point guard help during free agency in the form of Memphis’ Mike Conley.
Whatever happens in the form of the Spurs’ roster, Parker will indeed be a busy man. He and his wife are expecting their second child. He also is due to report to Brazil for the French national team for the Summer Olympics, which begins August 3.
Parker being on the side where he does not have the option to make changes with the team now sits as a player like everyone else and waits.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Parker said. “We had a great run, maybe the best ever for a Big Three. We’ll see what happens.”