Every player that knows their time is coming to an end always wants to go out on top.
No matter what sport it may be, whether it is basketball, baseball, football or even soccer, you want to end a career with a championship-the meaning of going out on top.
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The San Antonio Spurs early in the summer said goodbye to a legend — Tim Duncan and up next in the not-to-distant future will be one-third of the Spurs’ “Big 3” — Tony Parker.
Parker understand his own basketball career mortality is closer rather than farther away but if there is one thing he wants to do is to go out on top – by winning his fifth ring.
“It would be great to win the NBA title for my grand finale”, he said to Swiss website Lematin. “Winning titles has always been my motivation to continue. I love it, that’s what keeps me going. In San Antonio I was lucky to be in a team that can win the title every year. I think we still have opportunities to do it again this season.”
Parker is not far off of saying that he is on a team that can win a title every year. San Antonio has five championships under their belt and Parker contributed to four of those.
Though his scoring output dropped tremendously a year ago, it seems as if Father Time is catching up to the Spurs point guard.
Coming into the league as a 19-year old, San Antonio fans were able to see the player that Parker has transformed into.
A true leader and professional for San Antonio, every player will stop and listen to what Parker has to say in huddles.
This takes me back three years ago. It was Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Spurs and Heat. During a timeout, Parker took to the team huddle and all eyes were on him. Hanging onto his every word.
A thing of beauty isn’t it? I do not think this could ever get old. Once Parker stepped into the huddle and sat on the chair, every player closed in on him as he was delivering what Head Coach Gregg Popovich would of been.
As Parker stated, winning championships is what drives players to want more. He is a six-time All-Star, selected to the All-NBA four times, and was named the MVP of the 2006-07 NBA Finals.
He has the resume to leave now. There is no doubt he could possibly be a first ballot Hall of Famer.